Abe Vigoda

Tonight’s show was originally booked at the tiny Capitol Hill vintage store Cairo, but pre-sale tickets sold at such a rapid pace that it was moved to Vera’s more accommodating space. A large part of the draw and excitement has to be credited to Abe Vigoda’s latest release, Crush, the L.A. quartet’s fourth full-length record. Crush finds the band having suddenly left behind the “tropical punk” quirk of their earlier releases and instead relying more on heavy, pressing synths, clipped drum machine beats, and frontman Michael Vidal’s shadowy vocals for a moody, but still pulsing and energetic sound. The album’s first single, the excellent “Throwing Shade,” is flickering and skittish; its accompanying music video features glitter, eyeliner, and men crying. If you’re thinking gothy Cure circa Disintegration, you’re not far off the mark. It’s melodrama that you can move to. With Wild Nothing, M. Women. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sun., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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