Ash, Pink Flag 

When: Wed., Nov. 14, 9 p.m. 2012

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After forming as a teenage trio in the early '90s, Ash soon outgrew pop-punk in favor of anthems in a variety of molds, unified by their undeniable infectiousness. The band's never received much recognition on this side of the pond, despite releasing a masterful pop-rock pastiche in 2001's Free All Angels. A series of singles—released bi-weekly for a year—allowed Ash the freedom to dabble in moody, synth-heavy '80s sounds, while its latest EP features covers of tunes made famous by Abba, The Beach Boys, The Strokes, David Bowie and Carly Simon. Durham's Pink Flag opens with similarly evolved pop-punk. —Spencer Griffith

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