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March 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Reunited Owls not much to hoot about | New recordings

OwlsOwls, ‘Two’ (Polyvinyl)

Reunions aren’t often inspired by 13-year-old one-off projects, but Chicago’s Owls — whose self-titled 2001 LP was its only release until now — is back with a new album, titled, naturally, “Two.”

On the debut, the quartet, centered around brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella — of the groups American Football and Joan of Arc, respectively — updated the frenzied Midwestern emo of their first band, Cap’n Jazz, into a complex yet catchy math-pop balancing act.

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October 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Progressive indie-rockers Polvo journey to ‘Siberia’ | Album review

Polvo

Polvo, from left: Steve Popson, Dave Brylawski, Ash Bowie, Brian Quast. Photo by Michael Klayman.

Indie-rock reunions aren’t created equal.

Most often, bands return just long enough to collect their dues and satiate bigger fanbases than they’d left (Pavement). Some do a commemorative one-off, only to disappear again (Slint). Others take a noncommittal, play-it-by-ear approach (The Afghan Whigs).

Then, there are the rare exceptions — those who recapture their initial spark and decide to run with it.

With their second LP since reconvening in 2007 — “Siberia,” out Tuesday on Merge Records — Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Polvo joins Dinosaur Jr. and Mission of Burma on a short list of beloved indie groups back in action, writing and recording new material.

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