It's been a great last few years for sad-bastard Scottish music, whether you prefer your forcefully accented misery with the amps cranked to 10 like We Were Promised Jetpacks, or in the brightly polished folk-pop package of Frightened Rabbit. Fellow Scots the Twilight Sad opt for a distinctly different—yet no less emotionally scarred—middle path on their excellent new album, No One Can Ever Know. Clearly drawing inspiration from post-punk icons like Joy Division, the trio's latest release largely ditches guitars to put the focus squarely on haunting vintage synthesizer textures and frontman James Graham's sonorous brogue. It's a bold gambit for a band previously defined by a dense wall of sound, but it only takes one listen to lean doom-and-gloom ballad "Sick" to instantly realize Graham's got the pipes to pull off the minimalist makeover. With Micah P. Hinson. 18+.
Sat., March 3, 9 p.m., 2012