Army Navy @ Zanzabar

Thursday, Oct. 27

2100 S. Preston St. • 635-ZBAR
$10; 9 p.m.

You know you’ve arrived when Morrissey gives you a nickname. “’80s Legs” is what Britain’s King of Brood affectionately dubbed Army Navy’s Justin Kennedy when the two met earlier this year. No sulking can be found on The Last Place, the latest concoction of tightly strummed Technicolor pop from Kennedy, Army Navy’s singer and principal songwriter, and an L.A. wardrobe stylist by day. Kennedy’s musical beginnings trace back to his days with Ben Gibbard in the now-defunct Seattle band Pinwheel. Army Navy spells pop in all caps, much like Teenage Fanclub or The Housemartins, and The Last Place is a menu of potent earworms that revel in complexity just long enough to make a point before they vanish. Champaign, Ill., grit-rockers Santah open the show with material from their forthcoming debut White Noise Bed. —Mat Herron

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