Mogwai

Mogwai has been creating atmospheric, largely instrumental rock since its formation in 1995, but the Scottish band is harder to pin down both musically and geographically than its contemporaries. While Explosions in the Sky’s expansive, three-guitar attack evokes the Texas plains and the otherworldly micro-symphonies of Sigur Rós seem fitting for a band confined to Iceland, Mogwai’s more straightforward approach to post-rock makes it comparatively difficult to place. This universality is on full display on the band’s latest album, the brilliantly titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, which just might be its best since 1997’s critically lauded Mogwai Young Team. The songs crest and fall on Stuart Braithwaite and John Cummings’ nuanced guitar work and Martin Bulloch’s subdued, propulsive drumming, resulting in music that is wordless yet somehow relatable at the same time. With Errors. ANDREW GOSPE

Sat., May 7, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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