Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Airstrip | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Airstrip

When: Thu., Oct. 4, 9 p.m. 2012

Think for a moment about what has happened in the last decade, or since 2002, when the brooding Montreal post-rock punks of Godspeed You! Black Emperor released their last album, Yanqui U.X.O. (They've just announced a new one, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, due in two weeks.) From Twitter to the iPhone, from Bush II and his two terms to Obama and his pursuit of a second, from the Arab Spring to worldwide economic turmoil, the previous 10 years have meted out both reward and innovation, challenge and catastrophe. Those changes and their corollaries essentially mean that the world is still safe for Godspeed, or that their music—a radical mix of bitter sounds and implicit politics, sculpted like arches that stretch toward redemption in an unseen infinity—remains necessary and relevant. Their performances have traditionally been thorny, underlining the underground orchestra aspect of their evolution. But in a time when professional orchestras continually re-canonize their own classics and only a fringe of new composers seek to shout about the world in new ways, Godspeed's dependence on grit, and their return to it now, remains reassuring and empowering. This show is long sold-out, but if you have a passing interest in this band, it's worth sticking near the front door for a $22 ticket. It doesn't appear to be a chance that will repeat itself often. Airstrip opens. —Grayson Currin


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