While attempting to photograph Foals at Lollapalooza a few years back, I clunked my head against a metal pole that hung over the photo pit. That sent me reeling. In no mood for music at that moment, I stumbled off somewhere to recover.

While attempting to photograph Foals at Lollapalooza a few years back, I clunked my head against a metal pole that hung over the photo pit. That sent me reeling. In no mood for music at that moment, I stumbled off somewhere to recover.

As it turns out, Foals' music is not exactly a blow to the skull. The combo from Oxford, England, offers a version of dance-punk with softened edges and impressionistic tones, an appealing alternative to the power-over-finesse approach that dominates the genre.

Freelance Whales and The Naked and Famous complete a lineup of interest Wednesday at Outland.