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Interpol Invade United Palace

Friday 11.5
Interpol @ United Palace
4140 Broadway. 212-568-5260. $40. 7 p.m.
with White Rabbits

If two robots fell in love and broke up, Interpol would be the soundtrack to their relationship. Born from the NYC alternative rock scene of the early millennium, the quartet was the aseptic alternative to The Strokes’ skuzzy garage rock. A decade and four albums later, they’ve escaped the stigma of being labeled as just another NY indie band. Their throbbing, buzzy bass lines, echoing rhythmic guitars and snare-heavy percussion afforded Interpol commercial success, the height of which may be the strange pairing of lead singer Paul Banks’ monotonous, heartbroken drone voice at the closing of an episode of MTV drama The Hills. After their third album, 2007’s Our Love to Admire, garnered high critical praise, the band effectively went silent, so fans were a little more than psyched when an invitation to download “Lights,” the band’s single from their new eponymous album, showed up in their inboxes in April 2010.  The news was bittersweet, as the departure of bassist Carlos D was announced a month later, before the album was even released. Now, with a brand new lineup and markedly different sound, this hometown show signals a fresh beginning; a new era of Interpol.

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