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Belle & Sebastian 

When: Sun., April 12, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $103+
TheGreekTheatreBerkeley.com
Belle & Sebastian — which performs at the Greek Theater (2001 Gayley Rd., Berkeley) on Sunday — has the strongest brand in indie pop. It’s named for a French children’s show. Its album covers are reliably festooned with mood-lit, monochromatic fashion shots of alt kiddos. Bandleader Stuart Murdoch recently graduated from making albums to making albums inspired by the films he wishes to make. And then he actually made a movie. (God Help the Girl. It’s lovely.) Thankfully, a consistent component of the Scottish aesthetes’ brand is crucial music. If You’re Feeling Sinister, from 1996, is in the pantheon of fully realized debut albums. “Lazy Line Painter Jane,” the EP version from 1997, features one of the most epically heart-wrenching organ swells in pop music. 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress is rightly regarded as the band’s pinnacle, which doesn’t diminish the irresistibly clever conceit of 2006’s sad-sack laundry single, “The Blues are Still Blue,” nor, for that matter, “Nobody’s Empire,” the opening five-minute, soul-inflected vamp on this year’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. It’s all a bit precious, but that’s just a part of the brand.
— Sam Lefebvre

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