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Bell X1, Jarrod Gorbel 

When: Sat., June 18, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $13-14
One won't ever accuse Bell X1 of being trailblazers. The Irish band makes a neatly sanitized, Grey's Anatomy-approved version of Radiohead's skyscraping pop engineering. And there's plenty of arena-sized emoting to boot, which brings to mind U2, another peace-proselytizing Irish band that shares its name with war aircraft. (Up next: a band named Enola Gay.) This is not to say Bell X1 makes unpleasant sounding music; quite the opposite. Their new album Bloodless Coup is swirling and moody in completely appealing ways, as dramatic melodies sway under the weight of their own gravity. Since the size of US audiences have not quite caught up to the massive following Bell X1 has in their homeland, seeing a band that makes music on this grand a scale play a tiny club should be a fully exhilarating experience. It's unlikely you'll have the chance to get this close to Bell X1 again. NED LANNAMANN

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