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Islands, Steel Phantoms, Active Child

When: Fri., July 2, 8 p.m. 2010

The pan-everything pop of Islands was once playful and blithe, brimming with the same energy that made the band's old mainland, Unicorns, so appealing. But the Montreal big band's only grown overstuffed, overly stiff and incredibly awkward throughout its three LPs, turning its songs into willful, forced attempts at integration. Brooklyn's Steel Phantoms, on the other hand, are forgettable for their elemental, limp indie rock. Their tunes occasionally twist and turn like an art project, though, in the end, it feels just like another act rolling down the interstate. Active Child, the first of three bands here, is worth all of your attention tonight: Los Angeles choir veteran Pat Grossi has an arresting falsetto that he lifts and bends over beats that skitter and crush—think Phil Collins drum pads, awash in glitch and synthesizer and graced by Grossi's textural harp runs. His proper debut, the Curtis Lane EP, is one of the year's essentials. Bigger stages await. —Grayson Currin

Price: $10–$12

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