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Subtle

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We conclude Double Shot Week with arguably the most underrated band of the 2000s, the utterly brilliant and original Subtle. Every bit the unique, future-forward hybrid that Radiohead has been long heralded as, Oakland/SF-based Subtle has never received the commercial or widespread success of their English cousins, though smart musicos have been hip to them since their first visionary EPs began arriving in 2001. Beck once tried to hire them as his backing band, and they’ve worked with luminaries like The Notwist for years. Subtle is one of those bands that’s hard to describe but once experienced easy to identify as them and no one else. It’s been nearly three years since their last studio album, ExitingARM, so fingers are crossed that we’ll soon hear the next chapter in their ever-curious, socially astute and sonically kinetic evolution. For more on Subtle, check out Dennis’ feature on the band from a few years back here. Besides making some of the densest, most daring albums of the past decade, Subtle is a monster and a half live. We offer up a taste of both sides of their shiny coin below.