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Even knowing that its members have played in Xiu Xiu and Degenerate Art Ensemble, that their professed influences include Prince, Coltrane, and Einsturzende Neubauten, and that the songs are occasionally named after D & D critters, you still won't be prepared for this Seattle trio. Their light-footed, percussive, breathy strain of art pop first really jelled on 2005's Frost Giant (Absolutely Kosher) and reached new heights on "Pinky Ring," from a split single on KDVS late last year: the hilariously arch delivery gives it a sort of androgynous cabaret sexuality, and the abortive surges and playful feints combine melodic instinct with automatic-writing logic in a way that actually does remind me a bit of Neubauten--their recent stuff, at least. Parenthetical Girls and Magical, Beautiful open. a 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $10, $8 in advance, 18+.

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