The Wombats, Morning Parade, The Royal Concept

When: Mon., Sept. 24 2012

THE WOMBATS Hipster Brit-pop combo channels dreamy, dancey pop of the ’90s (Blur, The Cure) and ’80s (post-punk disco, keyboards-fueled new wave). The Liverpool band’s witty, snarky, “here’s the punch line” lyrics inspire sing-alongs, since the songs are immediately catchy and laden with big hooks. The trio manages a full sound that can fill a club with expansive melodicism. Sure, they gather alt-pop nuggets of the last three decades, but instead of imitating their influences, the blokes stroll down urban streets with their own happy-go-lucky pop. Last year’s This Modern Glitch delivered a stack of songs that reflect their funky worldview. Any band that goads listeners to “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” has my vote.

Samir Shukla

Price: $17/$20

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