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Concerts

Battles plays the Convention Hall on Saturday night.

October 4, 2011 Sparklingly technical and mind-numbingly joyful, Battles performed at All Tomorrow's Parties.

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Interviews & Profiles

Battles' second album, Gloss Drop, is its first as a trio. Left to right: Ian Wiiliams (guitar, keyboards), John Stanier (drums), Dave Konopka (bass, guitar, effects).

July 17, 2011 Down a member, the New York band sounds no less frenzied and intricate on its new album.

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December 17, 2007 Battles create a loud collage of music that's not exactly catchy, but is absolutely memorable.

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June 6, 2007 The music of spaz-funk marching band Battles can sound disorienting, even maddening.

May 10, 2007 Killer new music from The White Stripes; So-called "math rock" by the group Battles; A reissue f...

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Reviews

Cheer-Accident.

August 23, 2011 New albums by Battles and Cheer-Accident increase their popular appeal while staying independent.

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For all its summer-jam ambitions in "Ice Cream," Battles brings precision and muscle even to the frivolous stuff.

May 3, 2011 For all its summer-jam ambitions in "Ice Cream," Battles brings muscle even to the frivolous stuff.

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September 10, 2007 The band looks like a normal quartet, but digital loops make it sound twice its size.

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June 6, 2007 The music of spaz-funk marching band Battles can sound disorienting, even maddening.

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Clockwise from upper left, all taken at Moogfest: costumed fans at the Animoog Playground, Atlas Sound, fans reacting to one of the live sets, The Field, a dewy-eyed fan.

November 1, 2011 Host Bob Boilen and NPR Music reporter Jacob Ganz look back at the remarkable music festival.

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Gloss Drop

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  • Album: Gloss Drop
  • Artist: Battles
  • Label: Warp
  • Released: 2011
 

Mirrored

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No Ifs, Ands or Dogs

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  • Album: No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
  • Artist: Cheer-Accident
  • Released: 2011