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Deerhunter's third album, 2008's Microcastle/Weird Era Cont., laid out all the band's cards: the double-album references its post-punk and krautrock influences and sneaks in ambitions toward a perfect pop band. It followed with last year's Rainwater Cassette Exchange, a five-song EP shuffling psych-pop and propulsive garage rock, all draped in a drowsy, post-summer haze. Its latest, September's Halcyon Digest (4AD), channels the same seasonal spell and gets much closer to its pop ambitions by expanding the band's repertoire — acoustic guitars, subdued Motown rhythms and saxophone add to a densely packed, headphone-tripping dream world. "We just wanted to try to do something completely different, but not something foreign or alien — something that makes sense," says founding member and drummer Moses Archuleta. The band worked within the recording studio's close quarters and lassoed producer Ben Allen, who turned Animal Collective's 2009 hit Merriweather Post Pavilion into a bright, bass-heavy pop album, something of a crossover success for the longtime experimental outfit. "Ben has a certain polish and a certain ear for things, and that was outside of our comfort zone," Archuleta says. "(Engineer) David Barbe was more familiar with the stuff from where we were coming from, and the two of them got to marry things that made sense on record." That marriage didn't hurt the band's career-long dynamic of psychedelic punk rock and earworm melodies. "There are divergent and convergent tastes and personalities in the band," he says. "That's how we arrived at the finished product, and hopefully it gets a lot more interesting on the way there." Tickets $13.50 in advance; $16.50 at the door. — Alex Woodward

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Nov. 8

Deerhunter with Deakin and Casino vs. Japan

9 p.m. Monday

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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