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The Perishers 

Wednesday, September 7; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

Mope-rock bands sprouted like mushrooms in the wake of Coldplay's success, though very few captured the genuine spirit of Chris Martin's earnest emoting and lyrical romanticism. The Perishers are among the rare exceptions, a band that details the darker recesses of the brain without letting melancholy overwhelm. Credit this to experience -- the recent disc Let There Be Morning is the Swedish group's third album, but the first to be released in the United States. "Weekends" deals with the disconnection of Monday-morning commuters longing for the distant weekend; the music perfectly captures the post-Sunday comedown, and vocalist Ola Kluft's downtrodden delivery evokes the resignation of the nine-to-fiver's fate. The O.C. favorite "Trouble Sleeping" succeeds as well, using minor chords and chiming-bell riffs to convey the restlessness of a lover plagued by the memory of a lost mate.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12; call 314-727-4444 for more information.

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