Airborne Toxic Event

Dear Airborne Toxic Event: You are my badge of shame to wear, and I have come to accept this. Your lyrics are the most melodramatic and cliché confessionals this side of the Killers (what happens when you walk into a bar and see your ex with someone else? “You look like you’ve seen a ghost!”), your swelling string section is as emotionally manipulative as a Lifetime Network Movie, and I can’t get enough of it. Just when I think I’ve escaped your saccharine embrace, you go and cover “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus, the creepy theme song for Silence of the Lambs’ cross-dressing killer. Don’t ever change. With The Calder Quartet. HANNAH LEVIN

Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m., 2010

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