Melissa Auf der Maur

I don’t know for sure if Melissa Auf der Maur was ever approached to be in the current incarnation of either Hole or the Smashing Pumpkins – the two iconic ‘90s alt-rock outfits for which she once played bass – but if so, the flame-haired Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist was exceptionally wise to stay away. Not that Auf der Maur is averse to looking to the past – after all, her recently issued second solo LP, Out of Our Minds, is essentially a concept album about Vikings. Proving you can fashion an album around Norse history and mythology without resorting to death metal, OOOM is primarily proggy, goth-y rock with dreamy vocals set atop, making for a fairly entrancing listen. With The Hounds Below. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Fri., Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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