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Future Islands

Future Islands plays some of the most passionate electro-pop there is right now—or in existence, if you want to be fittingly melodramatic. Led by frontman Samuel T. Herring, the Baltimore-based trio creates super accessible, synth-driven songs that always manage to feel nostalgic but visionary, in the same colour-drenched wave as Wild Nothing or Tame Impala. On top of that production is Herring’s voice—full of gravelly crooning character, like Jimmy Durante-gone-Gary Glitter— and the theatrical, impassioned way he delivers lyrics that would sound overly-sentimental and far less striking in the hands of someone else. Released just this year, their Chris Coady-produced album Singles is one post-wave dance hit after another—notably, “Seasons (Waiting on You),” which they performed on the Late Show and subsequently left David Letterman dazzled and, literally, speechless. Opening is Baltimore-based Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, a self-described Bowie fanatic, sandwich maker, comedian and musician. He’s supporting Future Islands on both their North American and UK/European tours, so he must make some pretty good sandwiches.

Wed., April 30, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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Okkervil River+Titus Andronicus

Credit where credit’s due: Okkervil River have stayed with their indie label for about a decade now, even as they’ve crawled up the food chain to make dents in the top 40 (albums, of course, not singles). Still, for anyone who’s been charmed by their woolly roots music, the sleeker, more polished sound of new disc I Am Very Far is kind of disconcerting at first. Will Sheff still moans sweetly, but now he sounds like he’d rather tour with Dashboard Confessional than Roky Erickson (which OR did last time). Luckily, Titus Andronicus still sound like the drunken bar band of your dreams, albeit with diplomas. With Future Islands.

Tue., June 7, 8 p.m., 2011

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!!!+Lee Fields+the Strange Boys

A carefree alternative to LCD Soundsystem, !!! have mastered post-millennial indie-rock disco but without all those pesky moments of introspection. Their forthcoming album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, picks up where 2007’s Myth Takes left off: With big four-on-the-floor beats, scratchy guitar rhythms, and lyrics about, uh, AM/FM radio. Then again, it’s always been !!!’s don’t-give-a-shit attitude that has made them perfect party animals to begin with. With Lee Fields, Strange Boys, and Future Islands.

Sun., Aug. 15, 2 p.m., 2010

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Future Islands+Javelin

Baltimore’s delightfully zonked Future Islands just signed to Thrill Jockey, which will issue a new full-length next year; tonight they’re celebrating the release of a limited-edition remix EP called Post Office Wave Chapel. Brooklyn’s Javelin have released records of their own on Thrill Jockey, but their new deal is with Luaka Bop, a fitting union for an act with a global appetite. With Pictureplane, Jones, and Moss of Aura.

Thu., Dec. 17, 9 p.m., 2009