It's been twelve years since Hamilton Leithauser and co. formed The Walkmen in Washington, D.C. (their Facebook history timeline hilariously commemorates such moments as,"A bill

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The Walkmen

It's been twelve years since Hamilton Leithauser and co. formed The Walkmen in Washington, D.C. (their Facebook history timeline hilariously commemorates such moments as,"A bill arrives from London, England, in the amount of 1000 British Pounds–owed for having 2000 copies of our first record 'Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone' destroyed.") and they've never sounded better. The band's fifth and sixth albums, 2008's You & Me and 2010's Lisbon, resonated with a deep, sentimental sense of drama, and their latest, last year's Phil Ek-produced Heaven, went further by introducing a new resplendent, even relaxed glow to their sound. "Stick with me/Oh, you're my best friend/All of my life/You've always been," Leithauser tenderly sings on the title track, sounding a far cry from the guy who snarled out "You've got a nerve to be asking a favor" on the band's aggressive 2004 breakout track "The Rat." Tonight's show will be opened by the far-from-mellowed-out Father John Misty, who will also headline the same venue on January 29. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sun., Jan. 27, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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