The Good Life

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 25. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards.

No longer the baby brother to Tim Kasher's Cursive, the Good Life has shaken off the side-project mantel and become a dependable force in its own right. Where Cursive has long been Kasher's outlet for pummeling aggro-art rock, the Good Life continues to release introspective, genre-shifting records every few years. 2002's Black Outwas a revelation, a series of bar-room laments laid on a bed of glitchy, melodic electro-pop. 2004's Album of the Year took the concept a step further by ditching the sampler and cataloging a couple's doomed relationships through a calendar year. The just-released Help Wanted Nights bears a less obvious narrative arc, though Kasher conveys the themes of drunkenness, doubt and desperation with a more acoustic, folk-inflected style.

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