7/28: Yeah Yeah Yeahs at HOB

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When it comes to pain-in-the-ass artsy NYC bands, they don’t come much more pain-in-the-ass artsier than Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And now that they’ve added squiggly synths and hipster remixers to their arsenal, they’re even more pain-in-the-ass artsy. Still, there are parts of their new album, It’s Blitz!, that slip comfortably into this new guise. “Zero” skirts, burps and slithers along slinky lines that recall fellow artsy New Yorkers TV on the Radio (TVOTR’s Dave Sitek helped produce It’s Blitz!, so that probably has something to do with it). And “Heads Will Roll” spins YYY’s jagged indie-rock into glossy dance-pop. But Yeah Yeah Yeahs have always been a bit distancing — Karen O, Brian Chase and Nick Zinner emit so much detached- hipster cool that it often spills over the music, covering it in an impenetrable shield. Still, you’ll probably hear “Maps” — YYY’s best, biggest and warmest song — when they play the House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) at 8 p.m. That oughta help thaw ’em out a little. Tickets: $28. — Michael Gallucci

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