The Districts; Jose Gonzalez; JD McPherson | The Miami Herald The Miami Herald

February 16, 2015 4:57 PM

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The Districts grab your attention. The four members of the Philadelphia-based rock band formed in Lititz, Pa. - none of whom is legally old enough to drink alcohol - are a formidable live unit who make an immediate impression with dynamic scream-to-a-whisper song structures that take a page from the playbook of such 1990s bands as Nirvana and the Pixies. That furious energy, and the commanding, frayed-at-the-edges vocals of singer Rob Grote, are on display in "A Flourish and a Spoil." It's the band's second full-length album and the first since signing with well-regarded indie label Fat Possum. It's hotly tipped as one of the breakout releases of the young year.

True, the title does not trip off the tongue, and it hints at the way poetic effects can get in the way of emotional immediacy. The album was recorded in Minnesota and produced by John Congleton, who did laudable work last year with both St. Vincent and Angel Olsen. He helps focus the energy of a ba...

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