Russian Circles

A bit like fellow Chicagoans Pelican, the instrumental trio Russian Circles simultaneously draws from two traditions: The post-rock of Slint, Polvo, and Mogwai, et al., with all the attendant knottiness, dynamics, and unorthodox melodies and structures; and the progressive metal of Tool, Neurosis, and Isis, who offer heaviness and crunch but often in atmospheric, experimental ways. Formed nearly five years ago, Russian Circles play with the tightness, awareness, and nuance of a band that’s been together three times as long. As exhilarating and epic a live rock act as you’ll see, they’ll dazzle you with beautiful passages and wallop you with doomy ones -- often within the same song. Oh, and if that bassist looks familiar, that’s because it’s Brian Cook of These Arms Are Snakes and Botch fame. Bottom line: If you ever fell hard for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, or Mono, and yet secretly wished they were just a tad heavier, you will not want to miss Russian Circles. With Young Widows, Helms Alee. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Wed., Nov. 18, 8 p.m., 2009

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