ARTS Pick: The Men

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The Men shaves the rough edges off its caustic rock at the Tea Bazaar. Publicity photo. The Men shaves the rough edges off its caustic rock at the Tea Bazaar. Publicity photo.

The Men are a Brooklyn-based quartet of rockers who, since 2010, have cranked out an album a year for the esteemed Sacred Bones label. While their earliest efforts sounded like a raw Joy Division bootleg, the band has quickly grown and expanded its palette, adding eclectic influences, its vocals softening and becoming lazily anthemic as guitars grew sharper and more focused.  The group will be joined by Charlottesville’s own indie-slackers Left & Right and by Nurse Beach, a keyboard-fronted punk trio whose aggressive blasts of rhythmic noise are both hypnotic and cathartic.

Monday 5/27. $12, 9pm. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-9947.

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