Muse, Band of Skulls

When: Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. 2013

There isn't really anything wrong with Muse, just like there isn't really anything wrong with applesauce, but unless you're missing all your teeth (or have a serious case of the scoots and just can't handle the fiber), wouldn't you rather have the raw ingredients? Raw ingredients in this case being: Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, Radiohead, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, any number of more inventive and interesting British bands. Still, for those who prefer their rock 'n' roll all mushed up, Muse offers some simulated videogame thrills, with a good grasp of dynamics and a truly impressive ability to find and repurpose melodic carrion. (For example, "Uprising" is a perfect blend of Gary Glitter's "Rock 'n' Roll Part 2" and Blondie's "Call Me" with a sprinkle of the "rain down" section from Radiohead's "Paranoid Android," while "Knights of Cydonia" is a shiny CGI update of Joe Meek's "Telstar.") Muse offers the jukebox-musical version of prog rock, and it all will go down easily tonight with lots of sparkly, moving lights to look at. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $35-65

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