ARTS Pick: Fruit Bats

Matt Celentano at VMDO Architects

Since the release of Fruit Bats’ 2001 debut, Echolocation, music critics have stuck some pretty obscure labels on Eric D. Johnson’s four-track-recording-project-turned-full-band: “bootgazer,” “rustic pop,” “zoology rock.” But no matter what it’s called, the group’s brand of indie-folk rock has held steady through six records (and a recent five-year hiatus), including its latest, Absolute Loser, which finds Johnson searching for identity, purpose and greater self-awareness through song.

December 3. $15-17, 9pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

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