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Cursive 

8 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards

Tim Kasher rivals his Saddle Creek Records homeboy Conor Oberst for the title of the hardest-working man in indie rock. When he's not busy writing concept albums about drunken nights in lonely bars with the Good Life, he leads Cursive, a quartet that combines the bare-bones honesty of emo with the brutal riffs of hard rock. Most Cursive albums operate on a story line or theme: 2000's Domestica catalogued the bitterness of a young couple's divorce, 2003's The Ugly Organ followed a thread of sexual self-loathing and 2006's Happy Hollow explores a small town's hypocrisy and close-mindedness. Don't worry — you don't need a copy of Cliff's Notes to appreciate Kasher's storytelling, just an ear for solid, challenging rock & roll.

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