The Clientele

London's the Clientele are notable for their long awakening. Starting off playing sleepy, pretty, sublime psychedelia, like Syd Barrett on 'ludes, on their early Aughts releases (though frontman Alasdair MacLean assembled the band in 1991), they've since added steadier backbeats and louder-than-a-gasp vocals. By their 20th anniversary, they'll likely be playing raucous skiffle. In the meantime, their upcoming Bonfires on the Heath is a pleasant, fuzzy reminder of Zombies-ish dream rock without the rude awakening of something like "Time of the Season." With Richard Buckner and Ladybug Transistor.
Sun., July 19, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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