- "We bet our pants are tighter than yours."
This Utah quartet includes a towering goofball with a bad mohawk and enough retro synths to qualify them for some sort of misguided-nostalgia award. Their debut album, Habits, piles on the winking hooks and cheeky lyrical toss-offs — no doubt something they picked up from pals the Killers. But Neon Trees know their place: They rarely overreach their scope or skills, and when they do, you can at least dance to their messes. Habits’ best songs — “Animal,” especially — are big, brash, and plow through any misconceptions you may have about their authenticity. For sure, if Neon Trees came out ten years earlier they’d be playing rap-rock. But their hearts and synths are in the right place for 2010. Neon Trees, with Paper Tongues, Civil Twilight and Evaline, play House of Blues at 7:30. Tickets are $9.23. Call call 216-423-2583 or go to hob.com.—Michael Gallucci
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