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When: Sat., Feb. 12, 8 p.m. 2011

Interpol's 2002 album, Turn On the Bright Lights, is a perfect example of a great record that comes out at exactly the right time–its excellent songs, framed by glossy black sonics, clicked perfectly with an American rock audience apparently primed to go batshit crazy over Joy Division a couple of decades after the UK. It's no surprise that the band has attempted to recapture that lightning-in-a-bottle moment with each subsequent release—or that they've failed every time. However, Interpol's most recent effort, a self-titled full-length released in September by Matador, comes closest to matching their debut. While their past couple records have felt like desperate attempts to hang onto their cachet, on Interpol they return to crafting satiny, gothic baby-making music with their trademark rarefied cool. School of Seven Bells opens. Sold out. —Miles Raymer

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