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Nine Black Alps

Tuesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

The Britpop zeitgeist seemed completely at odds with America's music scene during the 1990s, when UK Technicolor gloss-popsters Blur and androgynous glam-rockers Suede added splashes of color to the drab grunge movement occurring stateside.

But this decade's UK resurgence (i.e., the Arctic Monkeys' spastic suburban ennui, the Subways' bratty buzzsaw-punk) more often than not aligns with the modus operandi of modern American upstarts — save for Nine Black Alps, who could easily find success in either decade. The Manchester quartet's debut, Everything Is, takes the lurching speedballs perfected by crunchy guitar bands (Pixies, Nirvana) and splices 'em with Sonic Youth-styled noise splinters and bombastic, big-dream hooks a little band called Oasis took to Beatles-level heights over a decade ago. Viva Britain!

 
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