The English neo-soul quartet the Heavy take their name seriously, often favoring thunderous rhythm section assaults that shake the plaster and revive the anachronistic concept of heavy rock. But the band members also embrace a far broader array of vintage and contemporary elements in forging their familiar yet distinctive sound, ranging from garage rock to swampy blues and gospel. The Heavy, incidentally, are responsible for the 2009 song "How You Like Me Now?" which seemed to be appropriated by dozens of movies, commercials, TV shows, and even Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign. Anyway, the Heavy's new album, The Glorious Dead, is an adrenaline-laced hoot, highlighted by "What Makes a Good Man?," a dazzling mash of frontman Kelvin Swaby's over-the-top testifying, a blazing Georgia gospel choir, psychedelic strings, searing electric guitar, and crashing drums. Which is definitely what's to like about 'em now. With the Silent Comedy. (Photo by Andreu De Francesco) 18+, $15-$17, 8:30 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100.
Wed., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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