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Several years ago, James Baluyut decided to name — or, more precisely, label — his new band +/- (plus minus), a statistical term used in hockey to denote a player’s effectiveness on the ice. Baluyut, who grew up near Detroit, was for most of the ’90s a “sideman” in his brother’s New York-based indie rock outfit, Versus, and when he decided to make his own indie rock outfit he recruited other sidemen. As well as a lot of electronics.

Though +/- has a drummer, it also employs loops and rhythm machines, which make it easier to reproduce the unusual time signatures that Baluyut favors. Weird meters are nothing new in pop, but most indie guitar bands stay away from them since they tend to scare the kids. He often tells interviewers that he forces himself to play odd time signatures because that way interesting melodies just emerge by themselves.

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