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Music Around Town

Young the Giant

When: Sun., Feb. 26 2012

At times, Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia looks like he’s trying to swim through the air, grasping at a phantom something in front of him before he finally grabs one of his microphones. The band's concerts are kinda like a party hosted by Foster the People, but then the Killers walk in and dim the lights. All the poppy hooks are intact, but they're painted black around the edges, taking on an edgy aggression that fuels each song with an extra kick in the balls. Songs like “Cough Syrup” come complete with rousing choruses that sound like they were manufactured for maximum impact (the California quintet's critics refer to them as “corporate indie”). Still, it’s damn near difficult to press pause during “My Body,” their pulsating pop hit that snagged a featured spot on American Idol last year. You wont have a chance to stop the centrifugal force that Young the Giant bring to their live shows either. So just put your arms up, and make sure to come up for some air. With Walk the Moon. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. – Danielle Sills