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ZURDOK

Most of the rock-en-espanol bands that've made inroads in the States recently--bands like Cafe Tacuba, Aterciopelados, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs--have distinguished themselves by incorporating elements of their native musical traditions. But if they didn't sing in Spanish, you'd never know Zurdok were from Monterrey, Mexico. On their new Maquillaje (Universal Latino) they sound like unabashed Anglophiles, setting Beatlesque hooks and vocal harmonies in expansive production a la OK Computer-era Radiohead. They're not doing anything new, but they do what they do better than most. Plus most of the band members are still in their early 20s, and they've already come a long way from last year's Hombre Sintetizador, which, though it burst with catchy melodies, was flattened by a generic alt-rock sheen and disrupted by quasi-psychedelic interludes and some failed experiments with electronics. This time out, undulating electric piano, organ swells, and richly textured guitar patterns are complemented by economically deployed strings and brass; the excess weight is gone. Friday, July 27, 9:30 PM, Fiesta del Sol, Cermak between Throop and Morgan; 312-666-2663.

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