The Notwist

Thursday, October 23

Listening to the recent output by German quartet the Notwist--which marks its 20th anniversary next year--you'd never for a second believe the band got its start two decades ago as something between hardcore punk and thrashy jazz-metal. Sometime in the mid-'90s, however, the founding Acher brothers (singer-guitarist Markus and bassist Michael) began to embrace both gentler, more elegantly arranged indie-pop and the kind of electronics favored by the more playful, melancholy side of IDM and techno. So much so that these days they're practically indistinguishable from the Postal Service, with Markus' wispy, wounded vocals draped over delicate guitars, gauzy beats, and downcast piano flourishes for an effect that's simultaneously inviting and disquieting.

Thu., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., 2008

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