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First Aid Kit

Is there anything Sweden can’t do? Folk duo First Aid Kit have been around for almost a decade now and in that time have only released two full-length records. Basically their art is meticulous and slow moving, shaved down until intimate enough to share with the world. The pair will play at Rough Trade June 9th, the day before the release of their third album Stay Gold. It was produced by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis and is the band’s first on a major label so basically, expect bigger sounds and all the feels.

Tue., June 10, 7 p.m., 2014

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Bright Eyes

You wanted a hit? Well, The People’s Key is Bright Eyes‘ most straightforward, nose-to-grindstone rock album yet, and just in time to be a rollicking swan song, as scarily prolific mastermind Conor Oberst has maintained it will be the last for the group (Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcot). (He hasn’t said much to corroborate it lately, though; all theories welcome, with bonus points for Winona conspiracies.) The album’s pretty Hitler-obsessed, but even that bleak cloud can’t numb the gorgeous emotional resonance of wafting psychedelia number “Haile Selassie” and triumphant banner-waver “Jejune Stars.” Even if you’ve disparaged emo-rock before, don’t close the door without opening this window first.

Tue., March 8, 8 p.m.; Wed., March 9, 8 p.m., 2011