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8 p.m. Wednesday, February 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.



The three sisters, one brother and one cousin who make up the Tyler, Texas, rock band Eisley have their sights set on the post-emo market — even if they must build that consumer base one hook at a time. The DuPree family has grown up in the shadow of both Sleater-Kinney and American Idol, and although the group has cut its Warner Bros. ties, its forthcoming album, The Valley, sounds grand and accessible, as ready for satellite radio as the most alienated teenage bedroom. With bubble-gum-popping harmonies, polysyllabic meditations on "apocryphal weddings" and ambulance redeemers, and strings so sweet and smart they signify more than label lucre, Eisley's confessional pop has more than come of age.

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