Tom Grainey's, Friday, March 29, 10 p.m.

Headphone is still a relatively young band, and it takes some effort to seek its music out on YouTube or Google, but you wouldn't know that from the sound of Frames of Light (self-released, 2018), the trio's latest EP. Built on a bedrock of synth, keyboard, drums and bass, the three-man band puts out funky tracks reminiscent of '80s synth-pop groups like Yaz, Pet Shop Boys and The Human League. A 2018 video of the new EP's title track, recorded live at Foxhole Studios in Headphone's hometown of San Diego, captures that vibe perfectly in black and white. Lines like "You're peering through our walls / Yeah, you shot right through my thick skin / and now we're shuttering our windows" are worth listening for, too.


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