While the early 00's found a fair share of bands mining post-punk records by the likes of Wire and Gang of Four for precious riffs and inspiration, none of those bands stood out as heirs to that coveted spot atop the throne as clearly as the Futureheads. The English quartet write succinct songs that manage to throw the listener some bombastic, noisy curveballs in the space of just over two minutes. Buzzsaw guitars interweave with Beach Boy/barbershop-esque four-part harmonies and frantic, stop on a dime arrangements. Chaotic but still clear, the Futureheads fuse together some disparate influences into a sound that doesn't have its head stuck in the past or present. With Young the Giant, The So So Glos. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Wed., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2010

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