Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

Shoegaze bands can sometimes approach a standstill, dousing any momentum with noodling and effects. Not Swervedriver, who plowed ahead in a fashion befitting the British quartet's name. Despite settling into quieter, melancholy terrain since that band's '90s lifespan, frontman Adam Franklin has often returned to the idea of motion. Case in point: the name of his backing band, Bolts of Melody, and last year's Spent Bullets. Considered in step with 2008's Swervedriver reunion and his more cinematic output as Toshack Highway, Franklin is simply exploring another side of the dreamy textures and splintered pop he's loved all along. Without Swervedriver, of course, there wouldn't be bands like Deerhunter and A Place to Bury the Strangers. In case you still doubt Franklin's place in the lineage of great psych rock, he may be kind enough to provide a loving cover of Syd Barrett's "See Emily Play" or Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys. (With Black Nite Crash, Nightmare Air, Bronze Fawn.) DOUG WALLEN

Sat., Jan. 23, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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