ANR, WE BARBARIANS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) We Barbarians' debut LP There's This There's That was fine, but not exactly world changing. The just-released EP Headspace is quite excellent, a dramatic improvement for this trio that relocated from the LBC to the BK (uh, that would be Long Beach, California, to Brooklyn, New York) a couple years back. The problem with There's This There's That was that it really sounded like the Walkmen (there certainly are worse bands to be linked to; see our Band of Horses preview for proof of that). Now that the band is an East River away from the Walkmen—running into Hamilton Leithauser at the bodega must have been so awkward—the band has crafted their own style on Headspace. It's stark and barren, channeling that cold emptiness of Turn on the Bright Lights, and capped by the crisp voice of frontman David Quon. It's an impressive transition, one that can only signal good things to come from We Barbarians. EZRA ACE CARAEFF