Handsome Furs / Dri
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- Monday, March 23, 2009, 9 p.m.
- The Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass., Lawrence
- Cost: $8 - $10
- Age limit: 18+
Handsome Furs is the husband-and-wife collaboration of Dan Boeckner (also the frontman of Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry. Packing heated electronic beats and moody melodies, the Montreal duo updates the Springsteen/Petty aesthetic for hipsters with MacBooks. Which is not to say there's no spontaneity—Boeckner plays a dirty guitar, and the two convulse like electroshock therapy patients onstage. Lyrically, Handsome Furs absorb and regurgitate their experiences from traveling; their current tour will take them all across Europe, Russia and the States.
Lawrence's premier diva had a productive 2008: tracking a session for Daytrotter, opening for Modest Mouse and Conor Oberst, and scoring a fashion feature in Interview Magazine. The songs on Dri's debut album "Smoke Rings" wouldn't sound out of place on a Sade record if it weren't for the modern electronica and hip-hop inflections. And there's oh so much more crammed between the cracks of her breezy vocals; soulful 6/8 torch songs, Feist-like summer jams and even a bit of that Fleetwood Mac song-and-dance that her old band The Anniversary did so well.