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Rock Picks: Fine new music from the Glass Animals at Red Hat

Drew MacFarlane (left) and Dave Bayley, with the English indie rock band Glass Animals. They play Friday at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.
Drew MacFarlane (left) and Dave Bayley, with the English indie rock band Glass Animals. They play Friday at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Special to Kansas City Star

In the fine tradition of throwing everything against the wall in search of the elaborate and strange, Glass Animals are overachievers – because somehow, they actually make it all work. The English quartet’s fine new album “How to Be a Human Being” (Harvest Records) has everything from flutes to babbling vocoders and even the occasional a capella rap in amongst the throbbing electronic beats, and track after track just shimmers; did I mention the hooks? They’ve got those, too. Glass Animals will be showing it off live and in-person Tuesday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $21-$46. For details, see redhatamphitheater.com.

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