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November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Elegant dream-pop from Canada’s Besnard Lakes | Concert preview

The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes, from Montréal, perform live Tuesday at The Crocodile in Seattle. Photo by Jessica Eaton.

A Montréal-based group led by a husband and wife, given to cinematic arrangements and yearning melodies, recently released its fourth album — and it’s a masterpiece.

The Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” right? Wrong.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Canada, post-rock, psychedelic

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

September 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Enigmatic Godspeed You! Black Emperor headlines Showbox SoDo | Concert preview

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Québécois experimentalists Godspeed You! Black Emperor perform live in Seattle Thursday night. Photo by Eva Vermandel.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor doesn’t write songs. The Montreal collective, which plays Showbox SoDo Thursday, writes instrumental pieces. Evocative swells of sound more rooted in classical than rock music, they’re beautiful and terrifying, like soundtracks to movies not yet made — or life itself.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Canada, experimental, post-rock

July 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Concert preview: Deafheaven


Deafheaven — Shiv Mehra, Daniel Tracy, Stephen Clark, Kerry McCoy, and George Clarke — performs live at Seattle’s El Corazon club Friday. Photo by Reid Haithcock.

To connoisseurs of black metal — the harsher, shrieking son of thrash and grandson of heavy metal — “Sunbather,” the second full-length from San Francisco’s Deafheaven — should sound familiar.

At least on the surface.

Further listening, however, reveals a band hellbent on inverting its chosen style’s usual tropes, and the result is one of 2013’s finest albums — in any genre. The quintet plays El Corazon Friday.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: black metal, post-rock, San Francisco