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Pallbearer, Solstafir, Mortals

Thu., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

Pallbearer released its hotly anticipated second full-length, Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore), four months ago, so anybody who cares has already decided whether this Arkansas doom-metal four-piece has lived up to the astonishing precedent set by its debut album, 2012’s Sorrow and Extinction. The new record may not wind up on quite so many year-end lists—it’s tough to blow people away the same way twice—but Pallbearer still sounds like Pallbearer. Stratospheric melodies snake through labyrinths of slow-motion subterranean gnashing, and Brett Campbell’s clear, sorrowful voice floats atop the miles-deep riffs like an eagle riding a column of rising air through the teeth of a mountain range. Producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, the Melvins) smooths down the fur on the Pleistocene beast that is Pallbearer’s sound—the drop-tuned guitars no longer slip so audibly out of key by the end of an 11-minute track, and the vocals glow with overdubbed harmonies. These tweaks, by eliding some of the physicality in this sort of music making, sharpen the serene, almost magisterial detachment of Pallbearer’s crushingly bleak and beautiful songs. Maybe there’s no consciousness that can mourn the ancient Appalachian peaks sheared off by mining companies, the coasts poisoned by oil spills and farm runoff, or the unimaginable future losses from global climate change, since as humans we’re all compromised by our own guilt—but this desolate, stately music implicitly asks us to assume such an exalted point of view. And onstage it acquires an entirely new sort of gravitas—the kind that comes from a bass tone the size of a gas giant. As I wrote after the band’s Beat Kitchen show in 2012, seeing Pallbearer live is like being very slowly and gently hit by an avalanche. —Philip Montoro $15

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600
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Double Door (map)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-3160

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Double Door (map)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-3160

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Owls, Cloakroom, Hide

Fri., Dec. 19, 9 p.m.

Back in September I caught this northwest-Indiana three-piece open for high-volume shoegaze revivalists Whirr, and the match was perfect. Cloakroom goes for a lush, massively heavy take on pretty indie rock, often sharing similarities with Champaign space-rock favorite Hum. On this year’s Lossed Over EP and last year’s Infinity full-length (both out on Run for Cover Records), the band sounds a little different than it did onstage—pensive, confessional emo is at the forefront, with deliberately paced rhythms, heartstring-tugging vocal melodies, and carefully strummed Fenders making up the main arsenal. But the heaviness Cloakroom uses live isn’t totally absent in the studio: at their best, the records sound like a David Bazan project that occasionally cuts loose and explodes into drone metal. Both personalities are great and will suck you right in, whether you’re in the mood for skull-crushing guitar tones or forlorn introspection. —Luca Cimarusti $20, $17 in advance

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600
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I Fight Dragons

Sun., Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Emporium Arcade Bar (map)
1366 N. Milwaukee
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-697-7922

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Double Door (map)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-3160

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Double Door (map)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-3160

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Double Door (map)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-489-3160

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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July Talk

Thu., Feb. 19, 8:30 p.m.

on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM

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2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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