Montreals the Dears have always been a curiosity. While frontman Murray Lightburn ignored pesky Black Morrissey comparisons, the rest of the band was reshuffled in a dramatic lineup change for the recording of their newest album, Missiles. Not quite Broken Social Scene (though Lightburn did contribute vocals), with too few members to start an Arcade Fire, their dramatic chamber pop blisters and smolders through Canadas indie soundscape, edging out melancholy with Lightburns self-assured swagger. After four albums, five label changes, and only one surefire hit (the Smiths-sounding Lost In The Plot), its now or never for their stopover in NYC. Here comes the reckoning. With Great Northern and Eulogies.
Mon., May 4, 7:30 p.m., 2009