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Ladybug Transistor

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Ladybug Transistor

Ladybug Transistor, James Husband, Towers 

When: Sat., July 16, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $8-10

It might be hard to believe, but Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor is the longest-tenured band on the Merge Records roster that isn't Superchunk. They've been with the label since their second album, 1997's Beverley Atonale, releasing a disc of thoughtful and pleasant pastoral pop music every few years since. While their older records are decidedly more orchestral and psychedelic in a swinging '60s fashion (befitting their association with the Elephant 6 collective), the Transistor's desires to recall the sounds of the past sometimes got in the way of the music. The group's latest album, Clutching Stems, tones down those baroque flourishes in favor of the songs. Ladybug leader Gary Olson sometimes bears a striking vocal resemblance to whichever Go-Betweens singer you prefer. The similarity is probably coincidental, but with music so unassuming and self-assured, such comparisons are more than just welcome, they're deserved. With James Husband and T0W3Rs at 10 p.m. —David Raposa

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