Brooklyn's Ex Cops play the sort of airy guitar pop that runs the risk of sounding dated or dead, a reverent, reverb-enhanced jangle dutifully transporting a baton once carried by Flying Nun Records, Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads and Girls.

Brooklynís Ex Cops play the sort of airy guitar pop that runs the risk of sounding dated or dead, a reverent, reverb-enhanced jangle dutifully transporting a baton once carried by Flying Nun Records, Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads and Girls.

All that music is splendid, though, so even stingy portions of pathos effectively tip the scales into splendor. Thus, debut album True Hallucinations is outright spectacular, a marvel of melody and nuance assembled by people who understand musicís mechanics as well as its magic.

Their appearance with Tin Armor and Kid Runner continues this cityís odd streak of must-see Monday shows this winter.