Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand first won us over five years ago with the sexually charged anthem "Take Me Out." But having an acclaimed debut album under their belt quickly went from being a blessing to a curse when the quartet's highly anticipated sophomore effort failed to take off outside the U.K. Fortunately, Franz Ferdinand has redeemed itself with a third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, that is its best to date. The band has spiced up its trademark rock sound with Jamaican dub beats and disco funk, while retaining its brazen lyrical content ("Flick your cigarette, then kiss me/ Kiss me where your eye won't meet me.") Lead singer Alex Kapranos saunters his way through subjects like getting high, hooking up at bars, and feeling remorseful the morning after with such ease that you get the feeling he and his band mates have engaged in more than their fair share of debauched behavior. All ages.
Mon., April 13, 8 p.m., 2009