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September 18 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Freewheeling indie rockers Islands visit Altar Bar on their U.S. tour. Hailing from Montreal, this quirky quartet—Nicholas Thorburn, Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon, and Adam Halferty—is in good company among illustrious indie acts like Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. The band has released five full-length studio albums since their debut, Return to the Sea, in 2006, and have featured a regularly revolving door of band members. What has remained consistent over the years is the band’s eccentric, often inexplicable sound. Take, for instance, the opening track, “Wave Forms,” from their most recent release, Ski Mask: It has tropical undertones, slight hints of surf rock, and beautifully harmonized vocals, all held together by the glue of fluffy, spacy synth work. Islands’ music doesn’t shy away from odd instrumentation, resulting in a sound that, though quite polished, sounds highly experimental. Also on the bill are TEEN and I Am A Sea Creature. 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.