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Music Around Town

VNV Nation

When: Tue., March 6 2012

Almost every record that the London electronic dance and rock duo VNV Nation have released sounds epic. The enormous scope of their music has earned Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson a loyal following among a cross-section of industrial rockers, black-clad goth kids, and electronic enthusiasts over the past two decades. Drawing on influences like Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, and Killing Joke, VNV Nation combine club-friendly beats with harsh pulses of noise. But their real skill is injecting a human element into the mix, something that so many of their industrial-rock peers often overlook when forging their sonic gestalts. Harris sings about things that matter to their fans, like making life better. It sets VNV Nation apart from the cold inhumanity that typically dominates the genre. The group's latest album, last year's Automatic, is a fusion of dance-rock anthems fueled by a sense of romanticism inspired by steampunk. But make no mistake: There's a heart beating inside all of the machinery. With Straftanz. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22, $18 in advance. -- Norm Narvaja