Music Picks: Shows To See This Week

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Friday, May 5

Deerhunter is one of those bands your tastes could evolve with. In his earlier days, the songs coming from frontman Bradford Cox were much more frenetic, a messy and fuzzy sound with a more aggressive pulse. But Deerhunter eventually stretched that mess out to show a more contemplative and experimental side with records like Cryptograms, balancing out more poppy and melodic indie rock with long droning and reverb-drenched guitar interludes. The band never really left that psychedelic terrain, but rather continued to play with and tweak it. Eventually, Cox & company twisted that sound into straight-up, noisy-as-hell garage rock and never really let the swagger drop. Still, it’s a swagger that’s only mellowed with age. Consider the band’s latest full length, 2015’s Fading Frontier, which Cox has called a “domestic” record and features a laid-back, upbeat warmth that feels new for the group. Consider it the latest version of a band that continues to change, just like the rest of us. With Dallas Acid. $17, 7pm, Paper Tiger 2410 North Saint Mary’s, — Michael Barajas

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