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Fol Chen, Royal Canoe, Billygoat 

When: Tue., March 26, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $12
Fol Chen's third LP, The False Alarms, is a sinewy and sparkly affair, thanks in part to Sinosa Loa, the new full-time vocalist. Loa's voice seduces as much as it keeps you at arm's length, the aural equivalent of a striptease. The new streamlined sound is cool, but it misses the amateur zaniness that was such a source of Fol Chen's charm on the first two albums. Still, unlike most trendy LA bands, they never sound the least bit out of the box. Indeed, their not-always-successful experiments suggest that Samuel Bing and Julian Wass, the producers at Fol Chen's core, are more interested in twiddling and tweaking than catering to fashion. Billmates Royal Canoe are a maximalist dance band whose total lack of inhibitions are reflected as much in their stage presence as by their propensity to embrace eight different genres, sometimes in the same song. REBECCA WILSON

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