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Lawrence Arabia, Andrew Keoghan

When: Sun., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. 2012

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New Zealand's Lawrence Arabia (AKA James Milne) is one of those chameleonic artists whose optimistic creative bents beg comparisons to visionaries like John Lennon. It's a tall order, but on Lawrence Arabia's new album, The Sparrow, Milne's vaguely orchestral leanings and ululating melodic refrains dribble so much late-'60s mop-pop you half expect to hear the squeals of 200 screaming women creep through. When Milne veers toward more contemporary muses, as on the excellent "The 03," his quirky tunes take on new wave whims. "The Bisexual" shivers in a bossa nova boogie with plodding pianos, heavy horns, and a lounge-y vocal delivery narrating the inner monologue of a nightclub denizen struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. It's in songs like this that the full spectrum of Milne's storytelling and songwriting abilities are showcased, and the moment when you're likely be bowled over. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $10

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