Saturday, September 5, 2009

giant squid in MAKE MAJOR MOVES (philly blog)

Giant Squid + Grayceon
9pm, $8. M Room.
Already commanding the majesty and breadth of an instrumental band, Giant Squid seals the deal by employing guy-girl vocals that toe the line between creepy and romantic. The San Francisco troupe’s sweeping second album, The Ichthyologist, is dense in delivery and prolonged in duration, but with some levity in there as well. Despite the greedy reach its name implies, Giant Squid shares cellist/singer Jackie Perez Gratz with SF trio Grayceon, who are second-billed on this tour. Pitched more to the metal side of gloomy atmospherics, Grayceon also venture into subterranean passages without a voice to guide the way. At other times, vocals emerge like foreboding clouds. Wicked. (Doug Wallen)

Also, the North Star hosts Oklahoma weird-rockers Starlight Mints, along with Wye Oak, JP Inc., and Major Leagues [9pm/$12]; long-running Scottish indie-popsters Trashcan Sinatras come to Tin Angel, along with Brookville [7:30 & 10:30pm/$18]; and legendary hip-hop crew De La Soul celebrates the 20th anniversary of their landmark 3 Feet High and Rising at the Note [8pm/$30-$33].

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