Thao with the Get Down Stay Down vs. HEALTH, Tonight!

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Hard choices tonight in town. At Off Broadway is Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, on her first headlining tour, while the Bluebird hosts HEALTH. I hear HEALTH is headlining (last of four bands), so perhaps you can hit both shows; I know I'm going to.

HEALTH (MySpace)

Sounds Like: "With either electro new-wave percussion or booming war drums at the core of its songs, HEALTH then layers sparse guitars and glitchy thrift-store keyboards alongside effects-laden vocals (courtesy of the "zoothorn," a microphone/guitar pedal hybrid). But it's all more than just a big racket: The band's attention to song form and tension/release puts it more in touch with Animal Collective or Liars than with your average knob-twisting noise group." (link) -- Ryan Wasoba

MP3: HEALTH, "Triceratops (CFCF Remix)"

MP3: HEALTH, "Crimewave"

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (MySpace)

Sounds Like: "As danceable as Hanson armed with banjos and horns, as gleefully neurotic as a sugar-buzzed record store clerk, and as cute and lilting as a Kill Rock Star signee could ever be, the San Franciscan remade herself in the image of a band — Thao With the Get Down Stay Down — for We Brave Bee Stings and All. "Bag of Hammers" might have been this year's "Young Folks" save the absence of a whistle-along hook. But collectively they've made a fine indie-pop album with a vengeful, artful emphasis on the latter half of that sweet, summery equation." (link) -- Roy Kasten

MP3: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, "Beat (Health, Life, and Fire)"

MP3: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, "Bag of Hammers"

-- Annie Zaleski

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