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The Dodos with The Luyas at One Eyed Jacks 

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Anatomical fact dictates that San Francisco duo The Dodos has, at most, only eight appendages at its disposal at a time. This is worth remembering when listening to anything off the band's four albums, a quad-plotted octopus' garden overgrown with multi-limbed dexterity: pounding, West Africa-influenced polyrhythmic percussion; uncommonly powerful, blues-based acoustic guitar, a blur of scraped strums and finger picks; the incessantly jingling bells of 10 tambourines. (It's actually just one, strapped to drummer Logan Kroeber's restless leg.) Redlining March release No Color (Frenchkiss) gets some help, but only where it has to — there's no faking the deep yelp of Neko Case, whose backup shouts are reserved for the LP's best tracks ("Good," "Don't Try and Hide It"), a perfect median between Meric Long's snowflake vocals and Kroeber's encroaching stampede. Champions of 2008's rightly admired Visiter and critics of 2009's overly maligned Time to Die can make amends over this worthy successor. Attacking their instruments, stringing together songs without catching their breath, the pair sprints past blocks of provincial folk and primitive rock, unplugged metal and contemplative pop, leaving each in a hailstorm of cratering exclamation points. Opening the show is Quebecois quartet The Luyas, whose second album of spiritualized experimental rock, Too Beautiful to Work (Dead Oceans), lurches and whirls like a windup toy come to life. Tickets $12 in advance, $14 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 4

The Dodos with The Luyas

10 p.m. Sunday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;


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