The Starlight Mints 

Neurolux, Wednesday, November 15

With Halloween so recently passed, there is still a bowl in the office with the dregs of holiday candy sitting sadly at the bottom. Among the lonely confections is a Tootsie Roll Midgie with the wrapper torn off, a sucker of unidentifiable flavor and that denizen of candy bowls in old ladies' living rooms across the nation, a Starlight Mint. Starlight Mints are as familiar as McDonalds and seldom offer much of a surprise (unless you accidentally eat a cinna-mint one), so it's hard to imagine why a band as varied and unique and flavorful would choose to call themselves the Starlight Mints unless it's to give listeners a bit of comfort before they even hear the music.

The Starlight Mints hail from Norman, Oklahoma and are currently on the road in support of their third release, Drowaton. Allan Vest on vocals and guitar, Marian Love Nunez on keyboard, Javier Gonzales on bass and Andy Nunez on drums have managed to make weird sound really beautiful. The new CD is one of the best I've heard this year. It's a cohesive work, but the individual tracks could just as easily stand alone. Picking a single that exemplifies the CD's sound and the band's sensibility would be nearly impossible. There's a myriad of strings, horns, piano, synthesizers, and lyrics and vocalizations making the band tough to pinpoint in terms of a genre, so I'm not even going to try. Just know that if you pick up a copy of Drowaton, all of the songs are going to become as familiar to you as the candy the band is named for because you're going to find it damn hard to put the CD down.

--Amy Atkins

Wednesday, November 15, 9 p.m., with Bishop and Tom Heinl, $12 through TicketWeb, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.

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