Despite a name that screams lo-fi, Neon Trees is anything but murky and indirect. The Provo, Utah, quartet plays high-flash synthesizer rock pitched somewhere between the glamorous histrionics of Duran Duran and the slanted, bracing post-punk sound of Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. “Animal,” which sports an infectious if slightly nonsensical chorus, hit the Top 10 in 2010 thanks in part to singer Tyler Glenn’s elastic falsetto. He’s got one of the most attention-grabbing hairstyles in modern pop, too — a mohawk that bursts diagonally from his scalp like a black flame.
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