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Future Bible Heroes, Luxury Liners 

When: Thu., July 11, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Partygoing is Future Bible Heroes' third album, and their first in 10 years. But what it really feels like is a makeup for last year's phoned-in Magnetic Fields album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Stephin Merritt, music's most committed misanthrope, is a dictator of a small universe of bands, each of which is a permutation of the rest: On this one, Christopher Ewen writes the backing tracks, and Claudia Gonson trades vocal duties with Merritt, as she has since 1991. The cozy friendship of Merritt's world belies his deep conviction that life is fundamentally absurd, and the happy synth-driven pop enfolds lyrics that uniformly despair of humanity. In "Drink Nothing but Champagne," Merritt imagines a cloned Jesus who returns to cheerfully deliver a singular message: "Don't drink the water, 'cause water's mostly piss, children/Drink nothing but champagne/It makes life shorter...". REBECCA WILSON

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