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Besnard Lakes, Brain Idea, Judson Claiborne 

When: Fri., June 1, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $12
Montreal combo the Besnard Lakes has a way with kaleidoscopic, guitar-driven jams, but last year it displayed a different side of its musical personality. You Lived in the City (Jagjaguwar), a four-song EP of music written and recorded for film projects, features just the band's core duo, the husband-and-wife team of bassist Olga Goreas and guitarist Jace Lasek. Sometimes the two of them overdub a few tracks apiece, adding drums or keyboards or more guitars (the final song, "The Corner," uses the whole band), but overall the EP is heavy on ambience and light on instrumental fireworks. That doesn't mean Goreas and Lasek dispense with them altogether, though. While a simple, spell-casting organ part dominates a cover of "We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)," by veteran Canadian band Trooper, Lasek also takes a wrenching, psychedelic guitar solo, blending it carefully into the mix so that it becomes just one more rich, soothing texture. Elsewhere on the EP, atmospheric instrumentals dominated by hypnotic motifs contrast even more strongly with the Besnard Lakes' usual epics—but I imagine that the band will be at its most extroverted for this weekend's sets. —Peter Margasak See also Saturday. Brain Idea and Judson Claiborne open.



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