Arctic Sleep, Arriver, Aseethe, Marinoan Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Jan. 23, 9 p.m. 2015

Milwaukee postrock outfit Arctic Sleep (not to be confused with the early-90s Dutch band of the same name) began in 2005 with two core members, guitarist Mike Gussis and front man Keith D—who plays everything else, including the cello that the group uses sparingly but always to great effect. Of course, that personnel situation meant that live appearances were rare. Arctic Sleep has gone through several configurations since then, including one that was just Keith D, but it’s steadily added new colors and shades to its dreamy, chugging riffs. Last summer’s Passage of Gaia built on the themes of 2012’s Arbors, especially the epic fantasy atmosphere and the graceful integration of heavy psychedelia and wayfaring space-rock into what’s essentially a warmer form of doom metal. The chiming, swaying riffs and haunting melody of “Green Dragon” sound deceptively like a romantic lullaby (for some reason, I was reminded for an instant of the Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile”), and the barn-burning “Hyperion” washes the layer of black topsoil off its grunge roots with the help of Keith D’s clean, clearly enunciated vocals. The current lineup, assembled after the making of Passage of Gaia (basically a two-person effort), includes drummer John Gleisner and backup vocalist Emily Jancetic. ­—Monica Kendrick

Price: $8

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