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Your Rival, Lee Corey Oswald, Our First Brains and Soft Skills

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Anna Bannanas (map) Northeast
Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. 2013 All Ages

free

Let's get the tricky part out of the way first: Your Rival's Mo Troper is a frequent and valuable contributor to this section. You may have noticed that he really, really, really likes power pop and emo. These affections are plainly evident on the snap-and-crackle songs he's written for Here's to Me, the new full-length from his sometimes-solo-act, sometimes-a-band project Your Rival. Released on nascent local label Party Damage (home to Wild Ones), it crams a discography's worth of Big Star-spangled melody into its 31 brief minutes, with further echoes of Superchunk, Badfinger, and Teenage Fanclub happily gumming up the sidewalk. Interspersed are some tender, Ben Folds-y moments (opening track "Autobiography," the beginning of "Sydney") and one soaring mini-epic ("What I Look for in a Man"), all of which add to Here's to Me's air of splendid, full-volume melancholy. It's a flat-out great album, and while it deserves to send Troper to the next level of the pro-musicianship stratosphere (and all the tour dates and opportunities that come with it), I don't want too many of you to buy it—good music writers are hard to find. NED LANNAMANN

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  • Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. 2013