If the jubilant melodies and debonair singing of You And I seem way too poppy for a band called Cut Off Your Hands, credit former Suede guitarist and in-demand producer Bernard Butler, who glossed over the sinewy New Zealand quartets punk roots with a strings-swept wall of sound. That it doesnt dampen the high-impact core of frontman Nick Johnstons shuddering anthems is nothing short of a miracle. Live, the band remains a sweaty blur of limbs and instruments, while the album is sort of a prep-school detour that is nonetheless one of the brighter spots on this years guitar-pop map. And theres something to be said for each side of the band: You And I is the proper, likeable guy you bring home to your parents there are even a few choice ballads while the live show is the badass rebel that thrives on street smarts and adrenaline. Who ever said you couldnt have both? With Thee Emergency. All ages.
Sun., June 21, 7:30 p.m., 2009