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San Fermin, Us Lights 

When: Fri., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
The pedigree of Brooklyn outfit San Fermin sounds highbrow to the point of hoity-toityness: Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone composed what is described in the press materials as "a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop, and contemporary classical composition." Ludwig-Leone wrote San Fermin's self-titled album in six weeks in a cabin in the mountains of Canada, drawing inspiration from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. The result is an elegant, almost starched-stiff affair with strings, horns, and the album's various roles portrayed by a number of guest singers (including members of fellow Brooklyn band Lucius, who burned up Bunk Bar last week in their phenomenal Portland debut). Still, the sheer skill on display is impressive, and if the album occasionally sounds like a thesis for some history-of-musical-theater course that you would never take in a million years, more often it's a fascinating, involving record that effortlessly bounds over typical constraints of creativity. Fans of Dirty Projectors and those bereft by Sufjan Stevens' abandonment of his 50 states project will find much to cherish on San Fermin. NED LANNAMANN

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