Chikita Violenta

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Chikita Violenta

Tre3s (Arts & Crafts)

Don't let the girlish harmonies airing Tre3s opener "Roni" blow any sunshine under your prom dress. Mexican quartet Chikita Violenta hand claps a tight cell of indie rock scientists, its gang vox consistent with use here of Broken Social Scene knobist David Newfeld, who also produced these muchachos' 2007 album. High-flying digital cloud seeders with a Built To Spill engine block and new Flaming Lips navigation system, Chikita's sonic refractions rearrange a stew of Animal Collective sound collages ("The Pause") that often make perfect sense by the time the song has finally consumed its tail ("Siren"). When a chant-worthy finale hooks a 40-pounder midway through Tre3s on "ATPG" (All the Pretty Girls), the tune's under-three-minute electro bang – modern drums/rustic strum – begs for another half-LP's worth. Live, that won't be a problema. (Wed., Antone's, 8pm; Wed., 1am, Mi Casa Cantina)

**.5

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