Rock & Pop


When: Thu., July 5, 8 p.m. 2012

In the beginning, it was easy to lump Liars in with the early '00s Brooklyn dance-punk wave the band helped jump-start. Yet its members haven't lived in New York for the better part of a decade, and more importantly, they've changed their approach from album to album, losing some initial fair-weather fans while establishing more experimental credibility. Liars'  latest album, WIXIW (released on Mute), delves into moody electronic pieces like the single "No. 1 Against The Rush, or the brooding "Octagon." There's an emphasis on synthesizers and processed beats that invoke minimal techno as much as the '80s soundtracks of John Carpenter. When live drums take the fore, as on "Flood to Flood," the band seems to be updating  The Silver Apples' cold psychedelia. The album also has outliers like attempted club banger "Brats," and a couple falsetto ballads from singer Angus Andrew.Learning from past experience, Liars' members put as much care into their live show as they do on their albums, augmenting the core trio with other players (such as recent San Francisco transplant Jesse Jackson of Sissy Spacek) in the touring lineup. They'll headline t Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) on Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m.,

George Chen

Price: $22.50

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