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Thank You w/ Future Island, Toro Y Moi, Hip Young Gunslingers 

When: Wed., Nov. 25 2009
Price: Free
The dance party that Thank You and Future Islands — two Baltimore trios, both of whom recently signed to Chicago’s Thrill Jockey — are bound to throw off a handful of wise investments. Thank You stacks rhythms and electronics into manic marathons, with keyboards beat machines, and drum joy tessellating into intricate, intriguing shapes. Like Can in a candy store, they’re enthusiastic about sound, and that energy is contagious. Future Islands is the more familiar of the pair, with strong hooks delivered over straightforward beats and ancillary textures, courtesy of guitars and synthesizers. Sam Herring — who sings like a ’70s soul man channeling the anxiety of ’90s emo — is one of the most magnetic frontmen in indie rock. Future Islands is the latest addition to the roster of Thrill Jockey, which has inked five bands from the as-fertile-as-advertised Baltimore scene in the last three years. They’re in the middle of recording a new album, and — live, at least — the songs intended for inclusion push past the stylistic limitations of their earlier work. To wit, a new Future Islands remix LP — featuring appearances by indie heavyweights Beach House and No Age and adventurous friends Moss of Aura and Javelin — twists those old songs into interesting new shapes. Meanwhile, advance praise for Columbia-based opener Toro Y Moi’s debut, Causers of This, is beginning to build already. Due in February on Baltimore’s Carpark, Causers twists soul, psychedelia, and hints of folk into a bedroom playground. “Bella,” the lead track, might provide a soundtrack to your South Carolina summer in 2010. Locals Hip Young Gunslingers open at 7 p.m. —Grayson Currin
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