Night of the Living Ales

, Boy Eats Drum Machine, , Oh Darling

When: Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. 2012

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Dodging the dictates of fashion, Boy Eats Drum Machine's sixth album, The Battle, is aurally overwhelming, with all the layered abundance of 2005. This is not to say that the songs aren't enjoyable or relevant (see "Election Drinking Song"), just that the pared-down, thinner turn that electronic music has taken lately clearly doesn't speak to Jon Ragel. His monolith of sound—samples, electric guitars, synths, saxophone, and percussion, along with his soulful vocals—means that your brain simply can't comprehend everything that's happening at any given time. "I, William Your Ex-Lover" is an irresistible song with an addictive hook, whose crowd samples and carnival bloops are tethered by fuzzy, muscular guitars and marching-band style drums. The small trade-off for BEDM's continuous experimentation is that, despite the recurring religious imagery, The Battle sounds more like a collection of songs than a unified album. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $10

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