Midlake's music has always reminded me of a cup of teanot necessarily thrilling or otherworldy, just simple and soothing. Fitting in somewhere between newish folk and old-school Laurel Canyon classic rock, Midlake formed out of Texas around 2000 and brought '70s lullabies as far as the U.K. after their subsequent signing with Bella Union. Still fairly under the radar, their brand of warming, earthy music is a perfect foil for the EDM that's pervaded pop this year. Although their fourth album Antiphon is decidedly more psychedelic, it manages to hold true to their minimal, pastoral core. Expect to feel the kind of sad that eventually ends up making you happier.
Wed., Nov. 6, 9:30 p.m., 2013
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