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Youth League, Zephyranthes, Just Neighbors 

When: Tue., May 16, 9 p.m. 2017
Price: $5

It's fitting that Durham-via-Wilmington band Youth League found a home on Cardigan Records; not only is the cool-weather vesture de rigeur for the math-emo set in which the band operates, but the trio's tunes, too, are warm and welcomingly familiar, much like well-worn outerwear. The band's gliding grooves and double-tapped melodies bring to mind Minus the Bear's early catalog, and the cryptically irreverent—or are they irreverently cryptic?—song titles also hint that way. The busy bass lines and layered loops recall Russian Circles, while sing-shout vocals evoke mid-career Braid. While Youth League's first EP was a little too beholden to its influences, "Stay Lame," the advance cut from their second EP, shows the band stretching its legs, teasing tighter tones and timbres and flirting with complex structures. Sure, Youth League isn't charting new territory yet, but the trio operates comfortably within an established one, carving out plenty of room to make themselves right at home. —Patrick Wall

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