Not bad live, either

Aren’t they just precious<i>?</i>

Aren’t they just precious?

It’s odd how the touring circuit has worked for the past 50 years. Record an album, release an album, play the primary markets (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.), go back and play them again, hit the secondary and tertiary markets (at last, Sacramento) and then start writing and recording another opus. New York’s Interpol, while maintaining the same regimen, has remained the anomaly in the indie-rock consortium solely for its live shows, which rely less on stage antics and more on an inherent shared vibe. If you’re a fan of Turn on the Bright Lights or the brilliant “sophomore” album, Antics, you’ll be tickled pink to see how well the music reproduces in a live setting—like UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall this Wednesday, September 14, at 8 p.m. Of course, Matador Records, the band’s current label, has just released a timely special edition of Antics, including bonuses. Coincidence? I think not.