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Saturday To-Do: Blue October


Blue October performs at Juanita's Saturday.
  • Blue October performs at Juanita's Saturday.

8:30 p.m. Juanita's. $27 adv., $32 day of.

Fans of Texas alt-rockers Blue October last got a fix back in May, when the band's frontman came through Juanita's for "An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October," billed as an intimate affair with a set of acoustic music, a Q&A and readings from his annotated lyrics collection "Crazy Making."

He's back now with the rest of the band and a new album to draw from. "Sway" is the group's seventh long-player, and has been described by some critics as a return to form after 2011's synth-heavy break-up album "Any Man America."

Critic James Christopher Monger had a few critiques of the record, but noted that "the band doesn't always fall back on bad habits though, as evidenced by cuts like the pleasant, electro-tinged 'Light You Up,' the grungy, propulsive, and genuinely fun 'Hard Candy,' and the elegiac instrumental closer 'To Be,' resulting in what (at this point) represents their most accessible, immediate, and growth-oriented collection of songs to date."

Opening the show will be The Unlikely Candidates and Tori Vasquez.

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