The Love Language, Harlem | Nightlight | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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The Love Language, Harlem

When: Sat., April 17, 9 p.m. 2010

From: Austin, Raleigh
Since: 2007, 2008
Claim to Fame: Lo-fi, hi-hooks

Not so long ago, particularly when Montreal’s The Arcade Fire and New York’s Sufjan Stevens released Funeral and Illinois between September 2004 and July 2005, bands like Harlem and The Love Language would’ve been laughed out of the indie rock media room. After all, Austin trio Harlem, now signed to Matador, writes simple garage rock songs about being someone’s baby,loving lysergic breasts and living the scummy sides of life. Manufactured with microphones and mixing that make the music feel like a decades-old relic, it elides the hi-fi grandiosity of those stars. The same goes for The Love Language, now signed to Merge. Their debut splayed tape hiss all over Stu McLamb’s bouncy soul songs, making a mess of his messy thoughts on girls. The Love Language’s forthcoming Libraries adds a little heft and polish, but it’s still miles and miles from the meticulousness of Illinois. This is a battle of winners, where the only losers stay at home. —Grayson Currin

Price: $6

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