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Russian Circles, Cloakroom, Sweet Cobra Recommended 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2016

There’s an indisputably cozy feeling associated with the impending release of a new Russian Circles record. The Chicago postrock all-stars have been at it for a good enough snap to make them downright venerable within a nebulous genre of poseurs, and while the scaling, layered metal-guitar screams from Mike Sullivan and the exploratory thrum spawned by bassist Brian Cook (also of Sumac) and drummer Dave Turncrantz coalesce and diverge in similar but still absorbing methods from album to album, the band’s songwriting continues to subtly mature. Their last two records, 2011’s Empros and 2013’s Memorial, read like novels rather than series of chapters, and the new Guidance (Sargent House) is probably their most realized thesis yet. The tug and pull of tracks like the almighty “Afrika”—with its cresting rhythms that mutate from frenetic, cyclical drum rolls to stripped-bare breakdowns and back again—is so organic and effortless that the lines separating the exultant passages from the austere ones begin to blur. Similarly, the desolate closer, “Lisboa,” though plenty dark and blunt via its trudging accents and thunderous bass chords, takes on the spirit of a primordial beast heaving each last breath forward as the sky bleeds out and falls around it.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $22, $20 in advance

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