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Moonbeams (Secretly Canadian)

Indie rock doesn't cut it anymore. Let's try indielectric. Seattle's Throw Me the Statue, Scott Reitherman and his live band, laces straight-ahead indie pop with liberal doses of drum machine and loops. Between the fully addictive "Lolita" and its much less jolly album bookend, "The Happiest Man on This Plane," Moonbeams employs all manner of structure, from hook-happy choruses to echoing melodica. "This Is How We Kiss" is bop-arific 1990s nostalgia knocked up by the horn-laden intensity of "Groundswell." Reitherman pinched elements of his beloved forebears (Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, Beck), stretched them, twisted them, and crammed them into his tasty debut. We hear there will be glockenspiel. (Thursday, March 13, Mohawk, 9:30pm.)


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