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When: Sat., March 26, 9 p.m. 2011

The run-up to the second invasion of Iraq threw the zeitgeist a curveball. While a generation of songwriters fumbled to find the contemporary voice of youth outrage and a gaggle of electroclash DJs and producers worked—perhaps more successfully—to find novel ways to distract the same crowd from the world's problems, Godspeed You! Black Emperor took a different path. The Montreal-born art-rock orchestra simply (or so it seemed) sat down and recorded an album that perfectly captured the atmosphere of paranoid, starry-eyed bloodthirstiness wafting up from their neighbors to the south. Released in 2002, Yanqui U.X.O. still delivers the intensity promised by its cover—a photograph of falling bombs suspended over a rural landscape—as the band piles up layers of strings, guitars, and percussion into increasingly unstable structures, then lets it all collapse into an expanse of noise. If anything, its snapshot of free-floating confusion metastasizing into rage appears more crisply focused with the passage time. Ironically the type of sweeping, orchestral rock Godspeed helped popularize has since become a favorite of ad creatives scoring car commercials. These Chicago dates are part of the first U.S. tour the group has taken since going on hiatus in 2003. —Miles Raymer

Price: Sold out; 18+

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