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The difference between a band like, say, Los Angeles’ Local Natives and Same as It Ever Was, is that SAIEW is admittedly a Talking Heads tribute band. And a damn good one at that. If grainy YouTube videos are any indication, the Knoxville’s eight-piece Talking Heads tribute ensemble are musical marksmen when it comes to approximating the quirky compositions and world rhythms of the legendary art-rock innovators. Plus singer Curtis Geren is a dead ringer for David Byrne. In fact, if you close your eyes while listening to the audio of said videos and do a Pepsi challenge with a hissing early-’80s Heads bootleg, you might have a hard time picking out which is the genuine article. Since the indie-rock trend of yesterday was to ape new wave, and the indie-rock trend du jour is to ape Afrobeat, the last decade has seen the arc of smarty-pants-rock follow the trajectory of The Talking Heads discography. If you want to dance your ass off and feel cool at the same time, this show is probably the place to do it.