I’ve always had a bit of a sweet spot for Canadians The Most Serene Republic, fully aware that the uppity, glitchy electro-indie-pop often leads to so many new directions crammed into one song that it completely defeats itself. That and the fact that uppity electro-indie-pop can be really annoying. This band has a handful of charming releases, its newest being “…And the Ever Expanding Universe,” which doesn’t add too much to the discussion but is lovely enough. “No One Likes a Nihilist,” the album’s closer, could be the best song the band’s put together so far, a Broken Social Scene-like beauty with a solid indie-rock groove and alternating boy-girl vocals. I’ve never seen this band live, but I have a feeling it might be a huge mess. With all these elements, it’s a recipe for a landslide of muddled noise. Most acts I’ve encountered that are this reliable on electronics are better left on record. However, this band’s penchant for penning the unexpected melodic turn could make for an amazing live show just the same. (Tom Lynch)
September 10 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 9pm. $10-$12.