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Frog Eyes

8 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place.

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Frog Eyes frontman Carey Mercer's keening wail and unpredictable destruction of his own lyrics drive listeners away rather than draw them in. However, his guttural utterances and voice-as-instrument style are refreshingly human — especially in an age when bands are likely to cover up their imperfections with effects and chicanery instead of embracing their shortcomings. The band gestated in the same noise-laced pop petri dish as the equally inaccessible Xiu Xiu and hails from the same paddling pool as fellow Canadians Destroyer and Wolf Parade. (The latter's Spencer Krug is a former member of Frog Eyes, and is in the band Swan Lake with Destroyer's Dan Bejar and Mercer.) But Frog Eyes has an unmistakable sound that's erratic and operatic, with a penchant for verbosity, mythic themes and nine-minute songs of indeterminate structure. The real pleasure, however, comes from listening to the sweep and crash of Mercer's deranged vocalizations.

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