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When: Fri., April 30, 7 p.m. 2010

Whether or not you want the boys and girls in Los Campesinos! to grow up, they're on their way. The charmingly angsty Welsh septet ditched the training wheels after two great albums in 2008 (Hold on Now, Youngster . . . and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed), each slathered in a dentist appointment's worth of sugary indie-pop hooks that helped the bitter complaints in the lyrics of Gareth Campesinos! go down easy. On their third record, Romance Is Boring (Arts & Crafts), the cookie jar isn't exactly empty, but the songs tilt toward the brooding and noisy—it's like the music is going through adolescence. "I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me" and "Plan A" have an unmistakable punk bite, and distorted vocals and angular guitars abound. Though the band's calling-card choruses aren't as in-your-face catchy, Gareth's rarely rhyming diatribes are as gratifyingly biting as ever—the album's best song, "Straight in at 101," begins with the lines "I think we need more postcoital and less postrock / Feels like the build-up takes forever but you never get me off." Compared to the quick injections of euphoric hooks on earlier Los Campesinos! albums, the roughed-up tunes on Romance Is Boring take a while to digest—but the band hasn't lost a lick of its appeal. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $20, $18 in advance

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