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Moving Units, Some Ember 

When: Thu., Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $13
When I was young, I resented kids who claimed Transformers were superior to GoBots. Transformers were cool, sure, but GoBots came first, and I believed they deserved to rule the vehicle-cum-robot-toy genre. Those feelings foreshadowed my take on early-21st-century dance-punk, which enjoyed a brief moment in the sun thanks in large part to the Rapture's DFA-powered "House of Jealous Lovers" single, a dance-floor fave and internet-buzz magnet in 2003. At the time, I loved Moving Units' debut EP, a four-track pack of rubbery bass lines, barbed guitars, and more melody than the Rapture ever conjured. "Moving Units deserve to be the dance-punk kings!" is a feeling I had that probably seemed important at the time, but definitely does not now. Anyway, Transformers eventually trampled GoBots into the dirt, and the Rapture is still a thing. Meanwhile, Moving Units have stuck to their dance-punk sound, as evidenced by their brand-new album, Neurotic Exotic, which sounds pretty punchy. (Postscript: Man, I forgot what a jam "Jealous Lovers" is. I wonder how much those Rapture dudes spend on James Murphy's Christmas gift each year?) BEN SALMON


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