múm – Wednesday, November 4th @ Aladdin Theater
In the 12 years since the band formed in its native Iceland, they have altered their sound in tiny increments, a move that suits the group’s frail, glassy sound. Move too quickly and the whole intricate construction of pensive folk, minimalist electronica and muted vocals would completely collapse. What new shades of sounds are visible on the band’s latest album Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Knowadds some sturdier beats and slightly more forceful singing. They are welcome changes that don’t encroach on the core of múm’s being.
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World’s Greatest Ghosts – Wednesday, November 4th @ Holocene
The insistent, surging sound of this Portland quintet is one that, throughout their new album No Magic, will not let up. It may flatten out in long vistas, but otherwise it is nothing but peaks, each one more monumental than the one before. Dig into their lyrics and you’ll find stories right out of the Dungeons & Dragons playbook. It’s geeky art rock for those of you who grew up with a 12-sided die burning a hole in your pocket.
Tyvek – Monday, November 2nd @ East End
Garage in the sense that this fuzzy, overmodulated trio sounds like they recorded all of their music in a garage filled with boxes of NMEs from 1979 and dusty 7″s released on Rough Trade, this Detroit outfit plays fast and loose with laws governing rock and punk, while playing, simply, fast and loose. It’s a sound that could easily have been argued over profusely or tossed together in an afternoon. In other words, sheer perfection.