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Every band is damned to unreasonable comparisons, but getting compared to legends like Phil Spector and Brian Wilson is the worst. Critics have saddled Amy Linton and her band, the Aislers Set, with such weighty touchstones since the group’s 1998 debut, Terrible Things Happen. But their latest effort, The Last Match, shows that Linton & Co. aren’t afraid to confront the past: They’ve crafted a distinctly warm and organic album full of Wilsonesque harmonies and Spectoresque hooks. Linton’s previous outfit, Henry’s Dress, made its mark by burying its melodies beneath layers of distortion, but, on The Last Match, the Aislers Set has stripped much of the fuzz—and added some meticulous and tasteful production. Whether or not the sunny guitar-pop of “Balloon Song” or the organ-augmented title track will translate well to a live setting may be determined when the Aislers Set plays with Aden and True Love Always at 9 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (John Davis)