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Monday, June 1, 2015

SF Tunes: Listen to The Dodos' Individ

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 12:11 PM

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The proliferation of musical duos since the widespread popularity of The White Stripes has been a positive thing if you're an indie music aficionado. Not only did the odd configuration produce music that sounded as grand if not better than a quartet, folks were also introduced to The Dodos.

For the better part of 10 years, Meric Long (vocals and guitar) and Logan Kroeber (drums) have proven their songwriting chops worthy of six full-length releases. The latest pairing of the band with Polyvinyl records — home to such artists as Of Montreal, STRFKR, Deerhoof, and Japandroids — has worked much better than the group's previous Frenchkiss releases. Now on a label with notable acts and solid distribution, the band's new album Individ can be found everywhere.

The record is chock full of well-crafted layered pop music replete with slide guitar (see “Competition” for good measure) and thoughtful anecdotes like “Goodbyes And Endings” without sounding coerced nor contrived. If the wonderful arrangement of echo-laden guitar and drum shuffles found on “The Tide” don't make you move side to side, perhaps it's time to pack it in. The band is a veritable headliner across the states although San Francisco is still its home base. Listen up and don't let this album pass you by.

The Dodos with Doe Eye, DJ Omar, and Aaron Axelson, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Academy Of Sciences Tickets $12 ($10 for members).
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