To say the latest version of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s is more straightforward belies the band’s central nature, even as it captures its constant changes. Between the just-released Buzzard and 2008’s Animal!/Not Animal, Margot shifted gears. Frontman Richard Edwards moved his group from Indianapolis to Chicago, shedding a few members along the way. Also gone are some of Margot’s signature elements, including many of the instruments that gave them their sweep and depth. Still, Edwards’ vision has always married immediacy with grandeur, and the loss of half an orchestra section won’t stand in his way. The thing that makes Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s such a dynamic band is not that it includes so many elements, but the way those elements are fleshed out. A sideways sensibility allows Edwards to fuse dreamy, almost haunting moods with bouncy, quirky pop in ways that detract from neither. The new band should be both more forceful and more staid onstage, thanks to the rearranged members and instrumentation. Margot’s music has always been about transformation and progression. The band is merely following suit these days. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, with the Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill & What Army, and Bethesda, play Musica in Akron at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. . —Nicholas Hall
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