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Flux Screening Series kicks off third season with OK Go, Liars and more

March 23, 2010 |  6:06 pm

Liars' "Scissor" from A Bruntel on Vimeo.

You've no doubt heard a lot about OK Go's elaborate video starring a paint-splattering Rube Goldberg machine that puts the treadmills from "Here It Goes Again" to shame. If you haven't watched it dozens of times on the Internet already, or if you want to watch it on the big screen, the Flux Screening Series gives you the chance to peep at it nice and large at the Hammer Museum.

But there are other offerings as well, including a moody video from the Liars, a little like something dreamed up by Joseph Conrad if he were an art rocker. Directed by local artist Andy Bruntel, who has many uniformly excellent videos on his website, the video is for the first single from the Liars' new album,  "Sisterworld." Part haunting chamber piece, part tense guitar attack, "Scissor" reflects the dualities constantly in battle throughout the Liars' fifth effort.

"Sisterworld" is heavily inspired by Los Angeles, where the band lived and recorded the record, and where Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill originally met as students at CalArts. One of the strongest tracks on the album is "The Overachievers," a teasing ode to the hipster set driving their bio-cars, abandoning their jobs to walk in the forest and settle down in a house with cats. It's a fiery but lithe beast of a song; you've never heard the phrase "we settled down -- with cats!" delivered with so much venom. And, in a beautiful bit of irreverence, Devendra Banhart and the Grogs cover it on "Sisterworld: Reinterpretations," a supplemental set of remixes and covers the Liars also released.

-- Margaret Wappler

Flux Screening Series at the Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 443-7000. Tonight, 7 to 11 p.m. Free.