by Robert Bell
THE BLACK AND WHITE YEARS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $5.
To be honest, this whole early '80s/post-punk revival what-have-you has persisted a hell of a lot longer than yours truly would have thought possible back in the early- to mid-aughts, when he was aggressively ignoring Radio 4, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand and their ilk.
The Black and White Years hails out of Austin, and initially the band was compared to The Talking Heads. But that seems likely a result of former Head Jerry Harrison producing the band's debut, self-titled album. That set was full of jerky guitars and even jerkier rhythms, coming off like a less whimsical XTC or a less dramatic Echo & the Bunnymen or a less funky Gang of Four.
The band's new stuff is a move in a poppier direction, mining the New Romantic sounds of Ultravox and Duran Duran, with all of the icy synths, electronic beats and histrionic vocals that define the genre.
Booyah! Dad opens.