Staff Pick: Liars at A&R Music Bar

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From the July 26, 2012 edition

Liars keep finding new ways to sound oppressively dismal. In years past, the transient trio has channeled its peculiar breed of churlish art damage into disco-punk, junkyard noise, experimental euphoria and all-out onslaught rock.

Now comes “WIXIW,” a tough-to-pronounce but easy-to-digest set of gurgles and clicks. Devoid of physicality and created entirely inside computers, Liars’ latest conceptual jump-off seethes and sighs without unraveling the ominous thread that connects their discography.

For all the intellectual machinery at play, Saturday’s show at A&R will probably still crush you. The utterly charming indie pop combo Unknown Mortal Orchestra will set the stage.

Credit: Zen Sekizawa photo