When: Sat., Jan. 30, 9 p.m. 2016
New albums and live shows by this epic yet underrated doom project are a rare treat—last year’s wonderful The Crash and the Draw (Relapse) was Minsk’s first record of new material in six years. Front man and guitarist Christopher Bennett and keyboardist and secondary vocalist Tim Mead are the founding members and anchors, and The Crash and the Draw finds them with a mostly new lineup. The secret weapon of this band is their longtime collaboration with superproducer and sometime player Sanford Parker, who helps capture their layered complexity with a crisp clarity. That’s a quality many bands of this genre willingly abandon, but in Minsk’s case—with their sophisticated arrangements and technical fluidity—the ability to hear everything can only work to their advantage, enhancing their atmospheric grandeur and sense of total immersion.