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Check It Out: February 22, 2013

Beach House – Bloom (Sub Pop) A constant on many critics’ Best of 2012 lists, the fourth studio album by Beach House is the kind of airy dream pop that begs to be heard through headphones. With the multiple layers that make up each one of these 10 cuts, it’s hard to believe that it’s the work of two people. Victoria LeGrand, (niece of French composer Michel LeGrand), has the kind of airy vocals that fall somewhere between Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. And despite the kind of rootlessness you might come to expect from this kind of ethereal music, Beach House subtly weaves in hooks and plenty of melody amid the swirling keyboard runs and Alex Scally’s chiming guitars. Melancholy runs deep whether it’s LeGrand singing “So you thought it would happen/…good love/….goodbye” at the onset of the synth swells that buffet “Other People” or when she points out “It’s all in a glance you’ll see/It’s deeper than you and me” in the lush rapture of “The Hours.” A sense of loss is even more apparent amid the loosely chugging rhythms of the otherwise ambient “New Year.” It all winds up being the perfect soundtrack for the isolation felt in the depths of winter.

Tue. 2.26

Bob Mould @ Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., 9 p.m. $25. 866-858-0008 www.boweryballroom.com

Bob Mould could have easily rested on his laurels as the driving force behind seminal American indie-rock power-trio Husker Du. Instead he’s lived quite the diversified life—not only forging a critically-acclaimed solo career as well as leading the late, lamented Sugar—but finding a second career as a professional wrestling scriptwriter and a club DJ on the side. In the past year there’s been a bit of a Mould-ian revival. Not only did he spend most of last summer touring and playing all of Sugar’s fine 1992 debut Copper Blue in it entirety, but released, Silver Age, his tenth studio album, Just as was the case last year, Mould is back out on the road with Jason Narducy and Superchunk’s Jon Wurster. (Also appearing on Feb. 27.)

Fri. 3.1

Greenvale

A Chorus Line@ the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

720 Northern Blvd., 8 p.m. $80, $65, $50. 516-299-3100 www.tillescenter.org

A winner of 9 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for its unvarnished portrayal of a dance company, it’s no surprise that A Chorus Line was the longest-running musical before getting surpassed by Cats in 1997. With its cast of 17 and a barebones set that’s supposed to be the stage of a Broadway theater where auditions are being held, this Broadway warhorse has spawned numerous revivals around the world. And while the 1985 film adaptation is very much a love/hate affair for many diehard fans of the original stage production, these two shows at the Tilles Center will be cleaving to A Chorus Line’s theatrical roots. (Also on March 2.)

Fri. 3.1

Port Washington

Jon Batiste@ Landmark on Main Street

223 Main St. 8 p.m. $20. 516-767-6444 www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

Along with the Marsalis brood, the Batistes are one of New Orleans’ cornerstone musical families. Jonathan Batiste is the latest of his lineage to share his creative talents with the world. He’s performed in a number of prestigious venues (Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall), appeared in the HBO series Treme and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Spike Lee, Prince, Harry Connick, Jr. and Cassandra Wilson. At the tender age of 26, he’s also become the Associate Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He’ll be taking some time out from his day job to visit Port Washington and bring his vocal talents mastery of multiple instruments including piano, melodica and electric bass to the Landmark stage.