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Clubs & Concerts

The Invisible Hand

When: Sat., Nov. 27 2010

Charlottesville, Va., quartet Invisible Hand takes its name from Adam Smith's economic theory, which asserted the market was capable of regulating itself and ushered in the laissez-faire philosophy. Most likely, the name stems from the coincidental fact that a different Adam Smith fronts the band. Regardless, the economic theory has an interesting parallel to this band's free-ranging sound, which, with its springboard hooks at every turn, seems divinely coaxed into its tight, poppy presentation. On its self-titled first LP, the band regularly steers into light psychedelic fuzz, corkscrewed indie rock noise/melody and shiny-happy jangle-pop. The overall feel, though, returns always to an off-axis power pop center. —Bryan Reed

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