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Veils, Foreign Born, Faces on Film Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., July 23, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Foreign Born serve up a big billowy sound on their recent Person to Person (Secretly Canadian), equal parts anthemic 80s new wave and artsy contemporary indie rock—this Los Angeles four-piece is clearly inspired by the intricate arrangements and opulent harmony singing of bands like Yeasayer and Grizzly Bear. I don’t hear the African influences I keep reading about—except maybe the liquid guitar lines on “Early Warnings”—but the melodies are stylish and infectious, the percussion is kaleidoscopic, and the whole dense matrix of sound is meticulously charted. Singer Matt Popieluch oversells many of the tunes with a glammy, melodramatic howl, but the rich, focused arrangements counterbalance his bombast. Veils headline; Foreign Born and Faces on Film open. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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