Rising from the ashes of the now-legendary Failure, Autolux has taken a virtual eternity between album releases. Prior to the brand new Transit Transit, they had released only an EP, Demonstration, in 2001 and a follow-up, Future Perfect, in 2004. The long wait—due to "getting the business end of music squared away," as they put it—seems to have been worth it. Transit Transit sounds like Sonic Youth being filtered through a German art-house espionage film: slow-burning post-rock, often coupled with what can only be described as a propulsive grind in the background. It's as if the songs are in the process of being dismantled while you're listening to them. The homemade, amber stage lighting rigs present during the live show only add to the overall aesthetic. Autolux, unlike so many other bands of late, isn't an easy band to fall in love with, but once you have, it's easy to see why it was time well spent, and they're a difficult love to leave. With This Will Destroy You. 18+.
Wed., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., 2010

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