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Love Is All



Like a lot of people, I first heard Gothenburg's Love Is All via "Felt Tip," a raggedly seductive indie-pop tune in a Liliput or Slits mood, with sweetly melodic girl vocals and spoken boy backgrounds driving it from furtive to full-on. It was posted last year on Fluxblog, Matthew Perpetua's eclectic, well-respected MP3 blog, and I wound up tracing the song to a now defunct Swedish label, Smashing Time, which had put out the seven-inch. I bought a copy, along with an earlier release, "Make Out, Fall Out, Make Up," which had been named NME single of the week and earned the band not only a spot on the Rough Trade Shops: Indiepop 1 compilation but also an invitation to appear on one of John Peel's final sessions. This past November the Indie-Pop List was abuzz with news of LIA's first U.S. shows, and one subscriber announced he was releasing the band's debut full-length on his minuscule Brooklyn-based imprint, What's Your Rupture? Thanks to blogs and listservs, by the time Nine Times the Same Song came out at the end of 2005 there was a whole American fan base waiting for it: Pitchfork even pronounced it number 16 in its Top 50 Albums of 2005. Nine Times reminds me of Comet Gain--ranting, alternately hooky and spirited--so it was no surprise to learn the band has enlisted CG drummer Woodie Taylor to mix everything they've recorded to date. Tonight they'll be joined by labelmates Cause Co-Motion!, who play clattery, fun DIY pop. Love Is All headline, Cause Co-Motion! play second, and Caribbean open. Sun 3/19, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10.

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