Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper's newest record, Destroyer of the Void, is a challenging record from the second the needle hits the groove. In the first six minutes, the band flows like a rapid stream, floating from ethereal CSNY-esque harmonies to baroque chamber pop to fuzzed out Southern boogie rock. Any other band attempting to jump genres this rapidly would seem forced, but the Portland sextet has an uncommonly delicate touch that somehow makes it glide by smoothly. Live, the band comes across like a group of flannel-shirted Marlboro Men from another galaxy, a pack of unkempt wranglers who are as comfortable delivering solemn, folky murder ballads as they are spastically stomping through chicken-fried skronky staccato weirdness. With Fruit Bats, Seabear, Wye Oak. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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