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The Divorce

8 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Saint Louis University's Billiken Club (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard).


The members of Seattle's The Divorce are quite the overachievers on their aptly named second album, The Gifted Program. Vocalist Shane Berry emotes like a slick lounge singer inspired by the Killers' Brandon Flowers and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, adding a dramatic counterpoint to his band's influences: spiky new wave, dance-punk, spacey shoegazing and fuzzy 1990s post-rock. The resulting mish-mash should be a mess — except that Program's hooks are so crisp and propulsive that it's impossible not to fall in love.