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Saturday brings another battle of the musical heavy hitters vying for your attention. In one corner, dance rock champions Franz Ferdinand are playing their first of two shows at the Paramount. With their second self-titled album dropping on Tuesday the show is likely to be even more bouncy than usual and chocked full of new future hits.

In the opposite corner, the four-hundred pound gorilla of the annual KEXP John in the Morning At Night benefit show at Neumo’s. With more genres than you can shake a stick at, the mammoth lineup offers an amazing cross-section of the KEXP indie sounds we all know an love. During yesterday afternoon’s concert calendar, Kevin Cole revealed the approximate agenda to let you know just how fashionably late you can be without missing your favorite band’s set.

6:30 Math and Physics Club
7:15 John Vanderslice (solo)
8:15 Athlete
9:15 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
10:30 the National
11:30 M83

Although the KEXP benefit is sold out, the ticketless need not despair: the first three acts will be playing live on the radio for your home listening pleasure.
Most of the previously-linked band websites have plenty of audio and video to keep you busy for hours (and I just linked to tracks from the National and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah earlier this week)but here are a couple standouts for your playlist:

  • watch the video for Franz Ferdinand’s “Do You Want To?” [mov] (via stereogum)
  • “weekends away” by Math and Physics Club [mp3]

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