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8:30 p.m. Friday, July 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.



Fans of the demented Casiotone fantasies on the Unicorns' Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? couldn't have guessed that the band would eventually transmute its unhinged indie-pop daydreams into the mannered tropical pop of Islands. Nick "Diamonds" Thorburn and Jamie Thompson corralled their former band's Day-Glo pop songs into sea-breeze pastels on last year's Vapours, which rode on waves of Caribbean glam and lightweight electro jams. Sun-stroked beach music may be the lingua franca of indie rock these days, but Islands has always been a little too crafty to dumb it down: Vangelis keyboards, motorik rhythms and a healthy Eno jones add some sandy grit to Islands' parasol-bedecked cocktails.