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9 p.m. Monday, February 18. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard



There's a move that noise kids make at noise shows: With their heads down, feet shoulder-width apart and unmoving, they uncross their arms and lunge both fists in the air. It's commonly referred to as "awesome arms" — and it will definitely occur as the Los Angeles quartet HEALTH performs its much-anticipated set at the Billiken Club. With either electro new-wave percussion or booming war drums at the core of its songs, HEALTH then layers sparse guitars and glitchy thrift-store keyboards alongside effects-laden vocals (courtesy of the "zoothorn," a microphone/guitar pedal hybrid). But it's all more than just a big racket: The band's attention to song form and tension/release puts it more in touch with Animal Collective or Liars than with your average knob-twisting noise group.