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Action Action

With Jonezetta, We Are the Fury, Maxeen, and Arms for Venus. Thursday, December 14, at the Grog Shop.

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With the Killers ditching their stylized dance rock for Springsteen bar shtick, thank goodness for Action Action, synthed-out gangbusters from New York who continue to bust classic post-punk grooves. Boasting veteran producer William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, the Fixx), the group's sophomore effort, An Army of Shapes Between Wars, brazenly fuses luminous new-wave swirls and guitar-addled melodies, recalling the Cure, Depeche Mode, and even Nirvana. At the same time, such tracks as "Paper Cliché" and "The Other 90% of the Iceberg" reveal a group freeing itself from those very influences.

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