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Brazos, Ski Lodge

When: Sat., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2013

With the last line of Saltwater, the second album from his revolving-membership Brazos, Martin Crane asks a salient question of his band's lithe rhythms and polite melodies: "Can you tell me from the crowd?" he poses against a backdrop of tidal piano arpeggios and gossamer acoustic guitar. This existential lament is about more than the modern recording industry, of course, but it is an apropos exit for an act that shares touchstones with The Walkmen and Local Natives, Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors. At least structurally and sonically, Brazos' mostly swiveling indie pop does little to differentiate itself from peers, the addition of tropicalia and Afropop beats notwithstanding. But Crane is a careful and considered lyricist, an image-rich philosopher always at the brink of destruction and redemption. For the listener not instantly repelled by Brazos' contemporary fixations, those thoughts are an adequate, intriguing fingerprint. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $8-9

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