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Tilly and the Wall

8:30 p.m. Friday, October 19. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.



In the beloved Omaha, Nebraska, indie scene packed with brooding and emotive acts Bright Eyes, Cursive and the Faint, Tilly and the Wall always seemed like the apple-cheeked innocents among a cast of dark hearts. It even used a tapdancer in lieu of a drummer, for Christ's sake. But there was always a frothy mix of burbling hormones and pop-music energy in the band's songs, and the dance-rock vibe on the just-released Heavy Mood shows a continued movement toward electronic pop music. "Defenders" strikes a bellicose pose through rugged drum-machine patterns and strident vocals, but elsewhere on the LP, the band's shared vocals are used to gentler but no less effective ends.

Icky Sticky: Tilly and the Wall guitarist showed off his new project, Icky Blossoms, at the Firebird this summer while on tour with the Mynabirds, pumping out sinister sex jams and strobe-light pulses in relentless measure.