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When: Thu., July 2, 8 p.m. 2009

Explosions in the Sky have had an unlikely trajectory. A second-wave post-rock band, they released their first album in 2000, on the heels of the brief period in the mid- to late 90s when epic wordless homage to Slint was a viable trade for some of their predecessors. On early tours they played up their Texan pride, favoring onstage decor that included a cow skull and the Lone Star flag. But their grandiose and complicated take on the old loud-quiet-loud formula—sort of a quiet-quiet-quiet-pretty-quieter-quietest-hint-of-loudness-drum-fill-speeding-up-louder-rumble-rumble-fake-out-rumble-louder-louder-suddenly-quiet-again-(psych!)-superloud-crashing-arc-of-guitar-thunder formula—is what’s earned them their audience. Over the course of five albums and the Friday Night Lights soundtrack (to which they contributed 11 of the 14 songs), Explosions in the Sky have gone from favorites of guitar nerds and discerning indie rockers to newly minted icons for jam-band enthusiasts—a loyal bloc that now accounts for much of the quartet’s huge live draw. And it’s easy to see how that came to be: Phish tours are as rare as daylight comets these days, and nobody wants to come down listening to Moe. Jason Lytle opens. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $20, $18 in advance

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