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Were the 9/11 attacks actually perpetrated by an art-rock band from Texas? The artwork on the second album from EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, released in late August 2001, includes an illustration of a biplane bearing the caption "This plane will crash tomorrow," but the transcendent intensity of their soaring instrumentals would be better suited to levitating the Pentagon than collapsing it. Like the band's previous discs, the new All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence) exudes the post-rock grandeur of Mogwai, Sigur Ros, or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but the production is more finely wrought this time around--John Congleton of the Paper Chase, who's also produced the Roots and the Mountain Goats, among others, recorded the album at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, where In Utero was made. The songs average eight minutes or so, and the expansive structures complement their symphonic feel--each piece sounds like it's journeyed a thousand miles by the time it reaches its dramatic resolution. Labelmates ELUVIUM (who contributed to the remix CD that comes with a limited edition of the new EITS album) are touring in support of the recent Copia, an atmospheric effort reminiscent of the work of composer Max Richter. Explosions in the Sky headlines, the Paper Chase plays second, and Eluvium opens. a 6:30 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, sold out. A

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