Moment of clarity

Finding distinction in a new wave of like-named bands.

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Crystal Skulls


Named after: Mystical pre-Colombian Mesoamerican artifacts said to be hidden worldwide
Sounds like: On hold since founding member Christian Wargo joined Fleet Foxes, this Seattle indie-pop outfit released a pair of fine albums and an EP on Suicide Squeeze.

Crystal Antlers


Named after: Um, your mom?
Sounds like: A bit hostile about its name being similar to some others, this Long Beach, California, psych-thrash outfit works out its frustrations on an explosive self-titled EP, with a full-length due in the spring.

Crystal Castles


Named after: The 1983 Atari game, in which a bear searches for gems
Sounds like: This pair of Canucks makes jagged electronic punk with synthesizers, drum machines and the piercing voice of Alice Glass, who is widely hailed as the second coming of Karen O.

Crystal Castles plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Dec 31.

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