Tonight's Concert Pick: Nurses at Kung Fu Necktie - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Not unlike psychedelic indie rockers Animal Collective, Nurses likes to layer seemingly irrelevant sounds together to create a completely relevant, though eclectic, final product. On the Portland, OR-based three-piece’s first two albums—2007’s Hangin’ Nothin’ But Our Hands Down and 2009’s Apple’s Acre—the group’s songs are often accented with quintessential goodies from the experimental-rock grab bag: audio clips from foreign television shows, beat-boxed drums juxtaposed with timid-boy vocals, distant echoes of dogs barking, etc. Nurses’ latest album, Dracula (released just last month), offers songs in the same vein but also serves as the band’s attempt at making a slightly more approachable, user-friendly disc. Newer tracks like album-opener “Fever Dreams” attain a certain formula that shaves off the extraneous matter to leave audiences with a more polished, though still deliciously weird, sound. Nurses performs with Dominant Legs and Giant Mind at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Marielle Mondon

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