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The Lonely Forest, Now, Now, Pony Village

When: Thu., May 2, 9 p.m. 2013

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Twin Cities-based Now, Now have returned with their sophomore full-length, Threads, a methodical, somber collection of ephemerally dreamy indie-pop. The band's follow-up to 2010's Neighbors EP benefits greatly from the collaborative nature of producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, the New Pornographers), who pays strict attention to deconstruction of arrangements and allows the cream to rise to the top. The fussy "Oh. Hi." operates as a fog-like sound collage one minute, but soon gives way to a moody melody whose heaviness belies its intricacy, not unlike some early Death Cab for Cutie. Perhaps appropriately, Now, Now is signed to DCFC guitarist Chris Walla's Trans- Records. But that simple of a comparison would be a fallacy; Now, Now's solid cross-section of dream-pop and mid-'90s alt-rock, meshed with the one-two vocal tandem of Cacie Dalager and Jess Abbott, is a smart listen on its own terms. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $10-12

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