Thurs June 21, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Andrew Gospe
Even at the height of their fame (2009, when Solange covered “Stillness Is the Move”), Dirty Projectors were essentially a conduit for Dave Longstreth’s overflow of ideas. Now that’s explicitly the case. Last year’s pointedly self-titled Dirty Projectors album is, conceptually, at least, a conventional breakup record, precipitated by a split from longtime partner and bandmate Amber Coffman. Like before, the music is neurotic art-rock and fidgety R&B, but with lyrics that border on mean-spirited, recounting his and Coffman’s relationship in uncomfortable detail. Here’s hoping Longstreth’s next Dirty Projectors endeavor, out in July, makes less spiteful use of his prodigious talent.