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Walkmen 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 14, 9 p.m. 2012

Few of the many stylish New York City rock bands that stormed out of the gate at the turn of the millennium have managed to achieve anything like the long-term stability and consistency of the Walkmen. Though their few surviving peers continue to attract a lot more attention for records that are a lot less reliably enjoyable—stability and consistency aren't exactly qualities that attract a lot of hype—the Walkmen have earned a place in the hearts of fans of a certain kind of rock 'n' roll: brainy but muscular, clever without being pretentious, and evocative of a number of earlier acts without succumbing to nostalgia. (Basically these are the same people who would have gotten into R.E.M. before Green.) Their most recent album, 2010's Lisbon (Fat Possum), is dreamier and gauzier than their earlier work, but a decade of clockwork-­regular touring has kept the Walkmen's edge sharp. —Miles Raymer This show is part of Tomorrow Never Knows.

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