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Preview: Dirty Projectors with Wye Oak 

Noah Bonaparte Pais previews the Dirty Projectors show at House of Blues Aug. 4

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So much has been made of Dirty Projectors' silly concepts (Don Henley as a post-apocalyptic opera protagonist, Black Flag genetically altered from a childhood memory, Bjork adopting a pod of whales) that it's easy to gloss over the sensational albums they have spawned, each more accomplished — and, it should be noted, less embellished — than the last: 2005's sprawling The Getty Address, 2007's punctilious Rise Above, 2009's majestic Bitte Orca and its 2010 EP remora, Mount Wittenberg Orca. With July's Swing Lo Magellan (Domino), the Brooklyn band follows both trends to their tail-swallowing apotheoses. Being a Dirty Projectors record, this new LP has tracks built around popcorn syncopation ("About to Die") and West African guitar gymnastics ("Just From Chevron"), and another ("Unto Caesar") in which mega-mastermind David Longstreth tongue-twists, "Down the line, down the mercenary Barbary/ Down the line, dead the martyrs' morbid poetry." But it's balanced by first-take, best-take epiphanies ("Uh, that doesn't make any sense, what you just said," co-singer Amber Coffman answers him) and a vertebral trio of devout hymns ("Swing Lo Magellan," "Dance For You," "Impregnable Question") that do nothing more than follow chord progressions divined from the songwriting gods. Incidentally, Magellan's release date, July 10, is shaping up as a Farmers' Almanac oddity — it's the birthday of the two best records of 2012. (Frank Ocean's tidal Channel Orange is the other; you figure out the order.) Wye Oak, whose Civilian still resonates from the annals of 2011, opens. Tickets $20 advance purchase, $23 day of show, $45 balcony seating. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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