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Broken Bells, Cayucas 

When: Mon., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $51.38
I wouldn't have guessed the world needed a second album from Broken Bells, the collaboration between the Shins' James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, AKA Brian Burton. But instead of Broken Bells being just a one-off blip in both of their discographies, the pair came together again for this year's After the Disco, which is not just a better album than its predecessor, but an album that, more often than not, realizes its rather lofty ambitions. The sci-fi disco-soul concept album contains strings and a choir, a contrivance that could have spelled disaster if songs like "Perfect World" and "Holding on for Life" weren't as solidly hooky and bubbly as they are. Not since Air's Moon Safari has this type of musical retro-futurism sounded so appealing and natural, and while After the Disco's lowest moments are when it devolves into pop wallpaper that was probably devised for lucrative licensing to TV commercials, at its best, it's the liveliest Mercer has sounded since the Shins' Chutes Too Narrow. NED LANNAMANN

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