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Halloween, Alaska
The Pour House—"It's obvious that it's about timing and taste," sings James Diers on "In Order," the best track from Champagne Downtown, the third record from his Minneapolis quartet called Halloween, Alaska. That lithe little lyric speaks to the dilemma of Halloween, Alaska, an infinitely enjoyable band whose eternally tasteful, electronically augmented pop should have fallen on the ears of fans of more popular acts, like The Postal Service, Ivy or Phoenix. But that mercurial intersection of timing and taste hasn't worked for the quartet, which includes standout drummer Dave King (of The Bad Plus) and new guitarist Jacob Hanson (of 12 Rods, another band for whom timing and taste never synched). Diers writes and sings with a romantic American disenchantment, his corroded but clinging wanderlust suspended in the band's hermetic and spacious arrangements. Tonight, the band opens for the scabrous rock of Gliss and the intricate electronics of The Ex-Monkeys. Pay $6 at 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin

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