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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alex G, Birds of Avalon

When: Sun., June 14, 9 p.m. 2015




In late 2010, Unknown Mortal Orchestra earned online buzz with the track "Ffunny Ffrends," a beguiling four-minute romp of fuzzy falsetto, skittering-and-skipping drums and a sharp little riff as catchy as those Peter, Bjorn and John whistles. Simple until you started to notice the nested mechanics of the entire arrangement, it was deceptive radio bait—easy enough to love, hard as hell to understand. In the half-decade since, founder Ruban Nielson has moved from New Zealand to Portland, formed a proper band and, across three albums, made his music's complications increasingly unabashed. To wit, the new Multi-Love is a dream world of synthesizers that dart behind drums and drums that dance around vocals, guitars that bloom and wither mid-phrase and vocals that cloak considerable hooks in webs of effects. It's a record that you hear for the first time, enjoy and immediately need to repeat so that you can better track what's happening, how the pieces fit and to where one chorus or another that you loved disappeared within UMO's ethereal matrix of psychedelic quasi-pop. With Alex G and Birds of Avalon. 9 p.m., $15, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-967-9053, www.catscradle.com.Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $15

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