Def Jams, er, Tones

If you're lucky, you'll learn about the connection between anal sex and the state of dental care in Britain at Wednesday's Deftones show. If not, don't worry — the answer lies on the band's just-released platter, Saturday Night Wrist. We're not going to spoil the surprise, but if you've gotten intimate with the band's new material, you already know. You also know that the Deftones have finally let their latent Cure tendencies all the way out of the closet this time. That's great news from a band that very nearly reached the edge of its own limits last time out and would routinely get caught in a lumbering rut by about the sixth song in concert because of its trademark stomp. Now resembling Los Lobos more than the scrawny Northern California skate rats that first won audiences over with a screeching, hyperactive post-thrash attack in '95, the Deftones come armed with a sense of space — wide open this time — and a new crop of songs as delicate as flower petals.

Deftones perform with Deadsy on Wednesday, November 22, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $24. Call 954-727-0950, or visit

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