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The Low Anthem, Bobby, Daniel Lefkowitz Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Mon., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. 2011

Low Anthem's recent third album, Smart Flesh (Nonesuch), is their best to date. This combo from Providence, Rhode Island—now a quartet with the addition of Mat Davidson—have given their peculiar spin on folk rock a broader instrumental palette as well as greater emotional and dynamic range. With Smart Flesh, Low Anthem—whose members all play multiple instruments—retain their penchant for hushed meditations even while indulging in a greater number of rockers. Their sound still evokes old-timey fundamentals thanks to the banjo, acoustic guitar, and pump organ, now joined by musical saw and harmonium; the band's lyrics retain their gothic-apocalyptic tone, and Jocie Adams's gorgeous clarinet thankfully hasn't gone anywhere. The group recorded the self-produced album in several unconventional spaces, including an abandoned pasta factory, and the use of room miking gives it an exquisite faraway quality that complements their style. Best of all, the songs on Smart Flesh are strong enough that Low Anthem's occasional fetishization of the past doesn't drag them down. Bobby (the band) and Daniel Lefkowitz open. 18+. —Peter Margasak

Price: $14

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