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Like Arcade Fire before them, the Rural Alberta Advantage suggests that our neighbors from the north have a large talent pool for heartfelt indie rock. Since forming in 2006, this multi-instrumental trio out of Toronto has verged on the precipice of major recognition, releasing an EP and two full-length albums while also enjoying a brief stint as the party band on the short-lived CW drama The LA Complex. Finally, with the band’s latest LP, Mended With Gold, it’s getting that attention, thanks to a boost from Saddle Creek Records and NPR. Lead singer/songwriter Nils Edenloff’s twangy emotional vocals and Paul Banwatt and Amy Cole’s lush instrumentals blend warmly, especially on the album’s bleak lead single, “Love on the Rocks,” and the back and forth vocals of Edenloff and Cole bring to mind Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Check RAA out on this club tour before it really blows up and starts performing with plaster puppet heads like that other once-small Canadian indie-rock band. The Rural Alberta Advantage performs with July Talk at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.