Neon Trees with Small Pools and Nightmare & the Cat

When you're trying to start a successful rock band, moving from California to the ultraconservative city of Provo, Utah, would seem to be a move in the wrong direction. Yet that's exactly what Neon Trees did. After being taken under the Killers' wings, Neon Trees had enormous hits with the radio-friendly (or radio-obsessed) "Everybody Talks" and "Animal" singles, proving to be plenty of fun despite their sober audiences. Their latest album, Pop Psychology, has far more depth than the name denotes. Having just come out as gay in March of this year, singer Tyler Glenn wrote a deeply personal album that relates his struggle between his identity and the Mormon church. Along with a more pronounced electronica influence, Neon Trees has reinvented itself, as a (still sober) new-wave pop act.
Sun., June 1, 7 p.m., 2014
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Eva Raggio is the Dallas Observer's music and arts editor, a job she took after several years of writing about local culture and music for the paper. Eva supports the arts by rarely asking to be put on "the list" and always replies to emails, unless the word "pimp" makes up part of the artist's name.
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