Years before Deerhunter hit the scene, hamming it up with an infamous balance between on-stage brilliance and blunder, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead were going above and beyond: destroying equipment, assaulting each other, and threatening to disband. But somehow they've made it this far with the group's initial lineup remotely intact, and are now touring in support their sixth studio album, The Century of Self. A few years removed from their last lackluster release, Trail of Dead are now seeing some of their highest acclaim since critics lost their minds for 2002's Source Tags & Codes (the hard-to-please Pitchfork Media even went overboard, giving the album a 10/10 rating). Whether or not the recent praise for these stylish noise-rockers signals a return to form, fans can rest assured that they're in for a night of great music...or a train wreck...or a brilliant combination of the two. Funeral Party and Midnight Masses will open. 18+.
Sat., March 7, 9 p.m., 2009