Incoming: The Helio Sequence, March 18 in Phoenix

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Around mid-March, the concert calendar really picks up, with bands either going to or coming from South by Southwest in Austin. So if I can’t go to SXSW, I’m happy to at least absorb the residual effects.

The Helio Sequence, whose new record on Sub Pop, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, comes out Jan. 29, is coming through with another Sub Pop band, Grand Archives. Place: Rhythm Room. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: Right here.

I haven’t had the good fortune to get my hands on Keep Your Eyes Ahead, but I’ve enjoyed the lead single by the same name. If it’s any indication, the duo has lost a little of its electronic leanings for a more polished, traditional approach. I missed ’em the last time they came through, so this one’s circled on the calendar.

Stream Keep Your Eyes Ahead in its entirety at the group’s MySpace page.

WHILE WE’RE AT IT, Sub Pop has released for download a second single off Band of Horses’ fantastic Cease to Begin, and No One’s Gonna Love You is, without question, my favorite song on the album.

Its misleading title makes the payoff of the chorus all the more sweet: “No one’s gonna love you / more than I do.” I feel like BoH probably should have employed parentheses for the title in this case: No One’s Gonna Love You (More Than I Do). I’m sure they appreciate my input.

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