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It was right after college, in the year 2005, that I got my hands on Louden Up Now. It was a year after !!!’s sophomore LP had come out; I was slowly but surely catching up with the excellent indie dance music that had come out while I was foolishly letting my classmates at an expensive liberal arts school in central New York dictate playlists that consisted of O.A.R., Dispatch, Marley and Modest Mouse. It was in Oregon that I found !!! and didn’t go anywhere without it on my iPod: “Dear Can,” “Pardon My Freedom,” “King’s Weed” and “Shit Scheisse Merde” are amazing tracks. This record fit so many situations—working out, dancing, as background music, for party jams, bike rides and walking to class in the morning. It was a staple of my heavy rotation. At the same time, I was falling in love with LCD Soundsystem, Koushik, Hot Chip, Ratatat and their twisted little sister, Out Hud.

Louden may be the best thing !!! will ever do, but 2007’s Myth Takes and even their newest, this year’s Thr!!!er, have proven that no matter what the lineup or current hometown, they’ve still got lots of fight left in em’. They typically pack a minimum of seven folks on stage, and it’s not uncommon for as many as 10 musicians to appear on a track, but it’s typically lead singer Nic Offer that either turns you on or turns you off in concert. Don’t even look up—just dance like it’s 2005 and you’ve just heard their propulsive and electronic dance funk for the first time. / BILL CHENEVERT

$16. 8pm. With Vacationer + Risky Disko. Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org
 

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