Sat., April 27, Maps & Atlases
Blue Lamp, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12
At the outset, Maps & Atlases tracked a dance-punk path with slide-rule tendencies, sounding like jittery rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs in thrall to the chilly indie-pop intricacies of early Minus the Bear. The knottier tendencies have since receded from calculus to quirky as the group transitions into the experimental-pop realm with its second album Beware and Be Grateful. Less anxious tempos allow for moodier arrangements, while beneath them bubble increasingly world-beat-inflected rhythms reminiscent of Vampire Weekend. Overall, it's a warmer, more accessible sound buoyed by peculiarly sticky melodies balanced against still rather elusive undercurrents of angularity. Dreamy art-popster Young Man opens. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.mapsandatlases.org.