Clubs & Concerts

Yes, Procol Harum

When: Wed., July 25, 7 p.m. 2012

Art rock is like a foppish friend so excited about his particular fascination he dominates the conversation, thoroughly unaware how he's coming across. Yet his heart's in the right place, and if you're patient and open-minded enough to follow the convoluted structures, you'll be impressed with the elegant architecture and obvious intelligence beneath it all. In the case of Yes, it's mostly the former; former singer Jon Anderson's lyrics are as inscrutable as a Navajo code talker. But these guys are monster players who balance latticeworks of guitar and keyboards with driving rhythms, all circled by new singer Jon Davison's voice. Their psychedelic symphonies go beyond the banality of love and party songs into headier, philosophical waters. During one four-album stretch from 1971 to 1973, which corresponded with the addition of keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitar genius Steve Howe, they made some of history's finest prog music. They've continued to release new music, though Jon Anderson's departure is a crippling blow. Procol Harum—primarily known for "A Whiter Shade of Pale"—are an unusually rocking prog act, thanks to the high-watt blues riffage of departed guitarist Robin Trower and their origins as an R&B band. —Chris Parker

Price: $34-69

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