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March 19, 2014 at 6:55 AM

This Will Destroy You’s doomsday post-rock at Barboza | Concert preview

This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You performs live in Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Nicholas Daughtry.

Austin’s This Will Destroy You, who play Barboza Wednesday, are often cross-referenced with Explosions in the Sky due to their shared home city and post-rock inclinations.

Yet where Explosions’ dulcet guitarscapes conveyed a certain optimism, This Will… isn’t interested in that. If the former’s music lent itself to football action and tear-jerking drama — and it did, in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” — the latter’s is better suited for long, cold walks through apocalyptic wreckage — think 2009’s “The Road.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: doom, instrumental, Texas

December 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

L.A. duo El Ten Eleven flies in uncrowded airspace | Concert preview

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven — multi-instrumentalist Kristian Dunn, and drummer Tim Fogarty — plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Finn Turnbull.

“Not to sound conceited,” says El Ten Eleven’s Kristian Dunn, “but there’s no one for us to look up to when it comes to instrumentals and looping. We’re the kings.”

Such swagger may seem surprising coming from a guy who writes cerebral, chilled-out songs with no words — but there’s validity to Dunn’s claims. The Los Angeles duo, which performs live at Neumos Friday, has never followed the fleet.


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: electronic, instrumental, Neumos

October 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM

‘Memorial,’ the latest from Midwestern heavies Russian Circles | New Recordings

Russian Circles

Chicago’s Russian Circles, from left: Brian Cook, Mike Sullivan, Dave Turncrantz. Photo by Chris Strong.

Russian Circles
(Sargent House)

Hailing from Chicago, Russian Circles plays brooding instrumentals that combine post-rock’s cinematic scope with doom metal’s sonic heft — instrumetal, if you will.

Like a Windy City winter, the trio’s sound is rugged and austere, its work ethic intense. “Memorial,” out Tuesday, is its fifth LP since forming nine years ago.

On 2009’s “Geneva” and 2011’s “Empros,” bassist Brian Cook (formerly of Seattle’s Botch), guitarist Mike Sullivan and drummer Dave Turncrantz ably balanced dissonant chug and deep, melancholic tones. But with “Memorial,” the band doesn’t forge ahead so much as go, well… in circles.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chicago, instrumental, New Recordings