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Lemonade, Cale Parks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 9 p.m. 2009

Chicagoan-turned-Brooklynite Cale Parks is best known as the drummer for Aloha, but he’s worked with a bunch of bands, from White Williams to Joan of Arc to recent tourmates Passion Pit. The multi-instrumentalist’s third solo effort, the recent To Swift Mars (Polyvinyl), is among the more straightforward collections of music he’s had a hand in. His previous solo material, especially 2006’s Illuminated Manuscript, sounded like indie pop scored by Steve Reich, but the new disc subordinates that cerebral tone and contemporary­-classical flavor to broad, slightly skewed melodies and lush synthesizers. Album opener “Eyes Won’t Shut” and lead single “One at a Time”—both catchy new wave numbers with detached, mannered vocals—wouldn’t sound terribly out of place on a John Hughes soundtrack, and “Knight Conversation,” a reverb-swaddled duet with fiance Kendra Smalter, takes a quick detour into comfortably dusty retro territory. —Miles Raymer

Price: $8

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