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The Notwist Play Webster Hall on Monday Night

June 6th, 2014

Over their 25-year existence, the Notwist—Markus Acher (guitar and vocals), Michael Acher (bass and vocals), Martin Gretschmann (electronic programming) and Andi Haberl (drums)—have explored a variety of musical genres. They’ve released eight albums since 1991, moving from a heavy metal-ish sound toward indie rock and then onto electronic-influenced music, like on their eighth studio album, the catchy Close to the Glass (stream it below), released earlier this year on SubPop. The A.V. Club says, “The band remains a vital example of how music can be simultaneously tangible and abstract, personable and distant, without losing a thing in translation—even if, as in the Notwist’s unstable universe, mistranslation is part of the appeal.” The Notwist (above, performing “Gloomy Planets”) also happen to be an engaging live band not to miss. So don’t. Instead, see the German quartet play Webster Hall on Monday night.