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When: Fri., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. 2011

You could say that this Australian quartet, formed in 1980, took a long time to hit their stride—or you could say that they've hit plenty of strides over the years, and probably aren't done evolving yet. Their process of trial and error has always been fascinating to watch: They started out bright-eyed and mystical, a lite neo-psych band bearing Rickenbackers and playing with a tunefulness that got them compared to fellow upstarts R.E.M. and U2. A few years later they started showing a bitter streak, and by the early 90s you could almost hear them muttering "fuck it" as they stretched out into a relatively free and improvisatory-feeling psychedelic sound. The Church have never broken up or had a reunion tour, but they do like their retrospectives—they've put out an impressive number of reissues and compilations. For this U.S. tour they're doing the "play a classic album all the way through" thing, except turning it up to 11. They'll play three albums each night: 2009's Untitled #23, 1992's Priest = Aura, and 1988's Starfish (the band's breakthrough record and the source of the single "Under the Milky Way"). 18+. -Monica Kendrick

Price: $32.50

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