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Light Up Gold, the debut LP proper from these Texas-via-NYC punk goofs, is a jittery burst of nonstop slacker-pop thrills, sharp enough to stand among the finest albums of both 2012 (when it was first issued on Bandcamp and vinyl, via Dull Tools) and 2013 (a re-press and broader release on What’s Your Rupture is due next week). It’s garnered deserved comparisons to myriad post-punk/DIY icons, from The Modern Lovers to The Fall to The Dead Milkmen. Perhaps most pointedly, it recalls the gonzo glee of Camper Van Beethoven and the pithy efficiency of classic Guided by Voices. But while the band’s wiry riffs and the wryly detached vocals of Andrew Savage (also of the similarly perverse-minded Fergus & Geronimo) certainly have their forebears, there’s enough invention here to cast Parquet Courts as true American originals.
Thu., Jan. 10, 9 p.m., $5, with Amanda X, Mike Bell & the Movies, Priests and The Cats, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.