Montreal's Sam Roberts has been prominent on the Canadian music scene for a decade or so, regularly racking up Juno Awards but attracting only grudging notices like "competent" and generally flying under the radar south of the border. But the new Collider has landed on U.S. airwaves thanks to Roberts's always literate, thoughtful lyrics and savvy, hook-conscious song craft, now given a fresh jolt of intensity from producer Brian Deck (of Modest Mouse and Iron and Wine fame) and a slew of intriguing rhythmic textures from guests including Califone's Ben Massarella. The Dylanesque lyrical barrage of "The Last Crusade," for instance, skitters along on a horn-goosed, hard-simmering drive jointly derived from Delta and Malian blues and Nigerian juju. The rest of the album splits the difference between philosophical ballads, often about the nature of fate, and urgent rockers mining those scintillating grooves. With Zeus. 18+.
Mon., June 6, 7:30 p.m., 2011