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Explosions in the Sky

To avoid the debacle that was the 2010 Twilight Concert series opener with Modest Mouse, the Salt Lake City Arts Council booked an instrumentally lush enigma of a band, Explosions in the Sky for the 2011 starter. The show was a complete success, and the die-hard fans came out in full force—but didn’t number up to 40,000 like the year before. More than a precise catalog of tunes laid forth in pristine order, Explosions in the Sky created an array of “feelings.” It wasn’t like jazz, and it was more rock than orchestral works, although the arrangements, with guitar parts woven like a double helix, are crafted tightly and are technically demanding. It’s like the band played a series of sonic short stories, all of which were thematically spun around the essence of locomotion. Their epic tunes—sometimes pushing well past the double-digit minute mark—effused the various stages or ways to move, whether evoking a sense of flight or swimming in a vast sea.


In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show


Date: Apr 7, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-328-0255
Address: 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: In the Venue/Club Sound