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Jukebox The Ghost/Hooray For Earth/Via Audio

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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Jukebox the Ghost's breakthrough debut, Let Live and Let Ghosts, led the group on a two-year touring binge, topped by an opening slot for like-minded ivory tickler Ben Folds. Rather than make a tired sophomore record centered around its status as exhausted road warriors, the piano-guitar-drum trio lightened up its oft-dramatic tracks for Everything Under the Sun. The aptly titled collection of optimistic piano jingles plays like secular Sunday-school party jams, meaning that its headlining set should contrast nicely with the pair of edgier openers. Hooray for Earth channels the synthpop marathons of Manchester, England, circa 1983 while disco-hippie commune Via Audio crafts bipolar dance-punk cuts such as "Babies," a Thriller throwback about the desire to mate despite concerns of overpopulation.

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