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Les Savy Fav, Big Science 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., June 25, 10 p.m. 2011

A quick listen through last year's Root for Ruin (Frenchkiss) makes it pretty clear that Les Savy Fav haven't really messed with the formula they perfected on their 1999 breakout, The Cat and the Cobra. Still very much in evidence are the jagged rhythms and spastic shouted vocals of the posthardcore of yore, as well as the startlingly effective hooks, which despite the group's attempts to weird them up remain evocative of Camaro rock. Though the album's a little more melodic and a little less aggro than past efforts, that's probably just a natural byproduct of being in a band in your 30s. I don't see much reason to dig deeply into the disc, and I bet a lot of people feel the same—it sounds fine coming through your speakers, but it can't compare to hearing the same songs hurled from the stage by hyperactive, frequently unclothed front man Tim Harrington and the tightly wound machine behind him. I mean, did anyone ever give a shit about Phish's studio records? —Miles Raymer 17+

Price: $15

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