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What does knowing each other from your (self-proclaimed) loser boyhood to gracing the cover of Rolling Stone do to your relationship? In the case of The Drums' Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, it leaves you holed up in a dark cabin, crafting a comeback masterpiece devoid of self-consciousness and striving for the perennial. Five years removed from their debut EP, Summertime! , the surfy electro-poppers' newest full-length, Encyclopedia, may not have singles like “Let's Go Surfing” and “Money,” but the new tracks are still playful and plucky. The duo doesn't entirely abandon its tranquil, melodic style but rather colors outside its own lines with a more bold approach. While The Drums have no doubt garnered new fans with Encyclopedia, longtime listeners will have plenty more than the beautiful interior of the Mayan Theater to be thankful for.

Sun., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/05/14)

LA Weekly