The Walkmen

For their sixth studio album, this month’s Lisbon, the characteristically cacophonous Walkmen made a conscious effort to scale things back a bit. “We tried for a very bare instrumentation on this,” the band’s frontman Hamilton Leithauser told me on a recent phone call. “We really turned the reverb down a lot, which for us is a big step.” The result is a stripped-down and, at times, stunningly elegant collection of music – but that’s not to say the band’s lost any of its raw energy for their upcoming tour, which kicks off tonight; and while the tour’s focus is Lisbon, he also promises to keep the band’s longtime fans in mind. “We always play ‘The Rat,’” he says. “People always want to hear it.” With The Helio Sequence. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., 2010

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