Slint

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There’s nothing like the reissue of a landmark album to renew interest in a band, especially when hardly anyone paid much attention the first time around.  For the guys in Slint, it couldn’t have been easy to find a huge audience while navigating through the esoteric waters of post-rock during their early ‘90s “peak.” The band had already been around for five years when they released their sophomore full-length, Spiderland, in 1991. Comprised of a mere six songs yet totaling nearly 40 minutes in length, the record eschewed most musical disciplines in favor of testing how far the genre’s boundaries could be pushed. It was a sonic experiment characterized by sleight-of-hand time signatures, dissonant guitars and vocalist Brian McMahan alternating between spoken-word narratives and random bursts of emotional intensity like a poet overcoming bipolar disorder. The result was ahead of its time—so dynamically all over the place that no one, not even the media, knew what to do with it. 

Typical “internal strife” bullshit caused Slint to disband a year later, but throughout the remainder of the decade, Spiderland developed a cult following and wound up inspiring a whole new generation of bands like Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky. That newfound popularity led to a brief reunion tour in 2007, and just last month, their label, Touch & Go, took advantage of the rise in vinyl sales by putting out a remastered deluxe edition of Spiderland, boasting additional Slint demos and outtakes, a coffee table book and a making-of documentary. Seeing them at UT could be all the evidence you need that even the underdogs can have their day in the sun. // JAKE ABBATE

8:30pm. $25. With Spires That In the Sunset Rise. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
 

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/01/2014. .

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