Montreal’s 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 Canada’s indie soundscape, edging out melancholy with Lightburn’s self-assured swagger. After four albums, five label changes, and only one surefire hit (the Smiths-sounding “Lost In The Plot”), it’s 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