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Toro Y Moi, Adventure Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., April 5, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. 2011

Benny Boeldt, mastermind of Baltimore synth-pop act Adventure, couldn't have picked a more apt title for his second full-length: Lesser Known (Carpark). In the neon-colored riot of Charm City's underground scene, Boeldt is just another electronic musician not named Dan Deacon (though he has toured as part of Deacon's ensemble). On his early work as Adventure, Boeldt went for an amped-up sound that recalls the dinky eight-bit soundtracks of old video games, creating instrumental dance pop with enough goofy good-time energy to compensate for the chintzy quality of the recordings. On Lesser Known, though, Adventure is much more expansive: the band is a trio instead of a solo act, and the tunes are lush and layered instead of ADD-addled and tinny, with proper vocals rather than just vocal samples. The old Adventure sound is still in there—you can hear it in the sweeping, high-pitched synth swells of "Rio" and the stuttering sampled speech at the heart of "Relax the Mind"—but now it's woven into a bigger tapestry. —Leor Galil

Price: $15

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