The Church

For 30 years, the interplay between guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper has defined the trippy art-rock sound of this Australian quartet. At turns moody, frantic, shimmering, and atmospheric, they provide an exhilarating counterpoint to Steve Kilbey's languid, narcotized vocals. Using the post-punk and neo-psychedelic pop of the early '80s as a jumping-off point, the Church have covered a multitude of musical bases over the past three decades -- scoring a hit single, "Under the Milky Way", in 1988 -- all while battling drugs, record companies and occasionally each other. This tour, dubbed "An Intimate Space," is all-acoustic, with the band counting backward through their 23 studio releases, playing a track off each. In a nod to their fans' loyalty, all ticket holders will receive a copy of the Deadman's Hand EP. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Fri., April 9, 9 p.m., 2010

 
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