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Coma Cinema 

When: Thu., July 26, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: Free

In his varied and voracious self-recording projects, Coma Cinema leader Mat Cothran has managed to unify disparate moods into a remarkably cohesive catalog. From the combustible, electro-infused bedroom pop of Coma Cinema to the brittle ballads of the more stripped-back Elvis Depressedly, Cothran distills frantic, inconsolable depression into songs that alternately seethe and simmer. This even holds for the sadistically sexy dance jams of Gremlins, his new collaboration with members of Toro Y Moi and Braids. But no matter the tenor of his emoting, his fraught and fuzzy tracks always cut deep.

Cothran's most recent release, Depressedly's mickey's dead, presents his most nuanced numbers to date. Buzzing synths and electronics add industrial clamor to bruised acoustic odes, heightening the sense of strung-out isolation in lines like, "You can turn all my words against me until I choke on all I've said." The live band that performs as Coma Cinema pushes his frustrations to more unhinged ends, blasting through aggressively distorted pop-rock as Cothran rants with a fury bordering on the psychotic. On record, Cothran heats up but never hits his boiling point; live, his emotions thankfully overflow. Free/9 p.m. —Jordan Lawrence

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