Concert preview: Deerhunter of old rarely surfaces on new album from shape-shifting rockers

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From the September 12, 2013 edition

On 2010’s Halcyon Digest Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox tackled big-picture concepts like life and death, so it’s little surprise he opted to pull back a bit on Monomania, the latest from the shape-shifting Atlanta rockers.

Songs like “Leather Jacket II” and “Pensacola,” a raunchy tune that plays like a vignette hijacked from the @_FloridaMan Twitter account, are lo-fi and scuzzy, layered with punch-drunk drums and brambles of bar-fight guitar.

True, the Deerhunter of old surfaces from time to time (dig the majestic “Sleepwalking”), but those moments are rare on an effort far more enamored with the gutters than the heavens.