When: Tue., April 3, 9:30 p.m. 2012
As home to groups like the Pixies and Mission of Burma, Boston has a storied alternative-rock history. That narrative—if you insist on seeing it as a narrative—has taken a puzzling turn in recent years, with the city's two most noteworthy "alternative" acts to break big trafficking in uninspired Celtic punk (Dropkick Murphys) and inane synth pop (Passion Pit). Fortunately, Boston psych trio Quilt draws upon the city's eclectic (and slightly inbred) neofolk scene, so it sounds nothing like either of those bands: its 2011 self-titled debut for Mexican Summer adds plenty of tremolo, spacey jamming, and cool waves of feedback to folk's laid-back melodies and sing-along choruses. It's a lovely album, and adds a nice new wrinkle to Boston alt-rock for whoever tries to tell its story next. —Leor Galil Nude Sunrise and Spirits of the Red City open.