Manchester Orchestra + Balance and Composure

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The former’s not from Manchester—in fact, they’re Georgia peaches, fresh from Atlanta, but they’re not exactly soft and sweet. MO’s a band that plays loud most of the time, and they’re supporting their fourth LP, Cope, out last month, with some great local help. They are one of those bands that can rip, yet tone it down for soft, sweet moments (like “I Can Feel a Hot One”), which is to say that their sound’s got complexity and variety. Rhythm guitarist and lead singer-songwriter Andy Hull has emotional depth, sometimes it seems, to a fault. His songs tow the line of corniness, encroaching on Conor Oberst and Death Cab for Cutie territory, but always keeping much angrier bands like Mastodon, Brand New or Modest Mouse on their shoulders, whispering “Get mad!” into their ears.

It’ll be interesting to watch a classic lineup formula turned on its head, because one of our favorite bands, Balance and Composure, tend to really get the pogo-ing and screaming hair-whipping going with their special brand of emo-tinged thrash. Whereas many bookers will leave the hardest and loudest for last, these sets’ crowds will get riled up to take in a less-loud headliner. The Will Yip-produced Doylestown gents have only given us two LPs, but last year’s The Things We Think We’re Missing yielded superjams like the opener, “Parachutes,” and the title-cradling “Tiny Raindrop.” B&C are ones to watch, and tonight’s a great chance to catch some lovely, lively rock ‘n roll. // B.C.

Through Sun., May 25. With Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599. tlaphilly.com
 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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334 South St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/24/2014. .

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