They're fun, but serious. Dark, but not gloomy. Sensitive, but dont fuck with them. The song "Helmet and Sword," available on their MySpace page, starts out like "Stairway to Heaven," minimalistic and intimate, and then proceeds with atmospheric vocals floating above a rockin' and rollin' piano. Another tune, All Come Back, also available on MySpace, pushes four frenetic notes against Taylors easy voice. As drums roll in, she breezily snarls through lyrics like tell your boyfriend not to worry/ Im not like you and I dont like you, marking one of Taylors most endearing qualities: shes tough. The song then continues into haunting rhythms that remind me a little of the Dresden Dolls sans the theatrics. Call 954-563-7660, or visit newmoonbar.com. Check out the band at myspace.com/thestateofmusic.
Sun., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., 2009