Don’t let the pretentious sounding art-rock title that’s often slapped on Django Django fool you. They really are just a fun-loving group of Brits that like to wear matching T-shirts and play danceable yet intelligent music. The video of “Default” from their 2012 Pukkelpop performance should resolve any doubts about this, including the tees. Their self-titled debut, which premiered in early 2012, was a critical darling, earning a Mercury Prize nomination, perfect rating from The Guardian, and a spot in Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2012. These honors catapulted the band from relative obscurity to European mega-festival hotshots. Friday’s show at Metro represents a last chance to see them in such an intimate setting; it’s not at all surprising that it’s long since sold-out.
As if any other reason was needed to go out and find a ticket for this one, Minneapolis’ Night Moves are kicking the evening off. Less than two months after a buzz-generating set during Tomorrow Never Knows, the quintet will perform to more than twice their previous crowd. The unique country/folk/rock sound of last-fall’s Colored Emotions earned widespread praise from fans and critics alike. Their live show is a juiced-up version of the record’s elaborate and often stunning moments. Their presence on the bill demands an early arrival. (Friday@Metro.)
– Mike Sosin
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