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Teen, Gold Cult Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., May 10, 10 p.m. 2014

New York combo Teen construct their music around the sublime vocal harmonies of three sisters, led by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (who used to play keyboards in Here We Go Magic), and on the terrific new The Way and Color (Carpark) they move from elaborate indie pop and Brill Building tunefulness toward an art-rock take on contemporary R&B. The quartet’s keyboard-driven arrangements, characterized by tightly coiled, dizzying counterpoint, stay in constant motion, recalling the proggy shifts and complicated nonpop shapes of Dirty Projectors—but the Liebersons’ singing borrows more from Erykah Badu or Georgia Anne Muldrow. The music is dense and rich in detail, and the elegant vocal harmonies complement its matrix of criss-crossing analog synthesizer lines and deep, snaking bass. The record’s abundant charms don’t all sit out on the surface, but once you dig deep into it, you might not want to come up for air. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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