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Phoenix, Chairlift Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. 2009

The marketer who first heard Chairlift’s “Bruises,” from their 2008 album Does You Inspire You (rereleased this year by Columbia), must have shit himself with joy. With its bubbly bass line, tastefully applied electronics, and incredibly twee and catchy female vocals—not to mention a balance of swooning sweetness and slight melancholy worthy of a Wes Anderson flick—it’s practically the Platonic ideal of iPod commercial music. So nobody was surprised when it turned up in a Nano ad. But Does You is nowhere near as annoying as “Bruises.” It touches on a dozen different kinds of electro-pop, from the Sugarcubes-ish “Evident Utensil” to the chilly faux-French “Le Flying Saucer Hat” and the new wave-y “Planet Health,” which employs a thumb-popped bass tone that’s such a spectacularly bad choice it’s almost admirable. —Miles Raymer

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