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When: Fri., Aug. 30, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $35
Alt-J is an English indie rock quartet that sounds even better live than it does on its popular 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave. The band’s style is both familiar and totally foreign, mashing together poignant wailing, folk verses, hip-hop syncopation, psychedelic rock, and dub pop. It shouldn’t work, but it does — especially live. Each song on An Awesome Wave is kind of an odyssey unto itself; the tracks take you on a journey as they quickly change direction and tempo. As a result, Alt-J’s live show feels unpredictable, even if you’ve heard its album before and should leave the crowd at The Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) alternately swaying and head-banging. Catch the band with Canadian avant-pop sextet Royal Canoe, whose dance-y jams also defy easy categorization.
— Madeleine Key

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