by Robert Bell
9 p.m. Revolution. $13 adv., $15 day of.
Have you ever been listening to Belle and Sebastian and thought, "This is good and all, but dude just does not sound Scottish. I mean, where's the brooooogue!?!"
Well pardner, you will not encounter this problem with Glaswegian quintet Frightened Rabbit. Dude sounds awesomely Scottish. I listened to a few tracks from the band's latest long-player, "Pedestrian Verse." Opener "Acts of Man," has production touches that wouldn't sound out of place on a 1980s Paul Simon album — heavily reverbed drums, ultra-clean guitar lines.
Check out the third track, "Holy" — it would be the perfect song on your mixtape for the point where it starts to pick back up after the sad stretch in the mid-to-latter half of the tape, all upbeat and triumphant, all 16th notes on the bass moving things along, all 3:39 (just the right running time). The band has been around for a decade now, and if you're into soaring, dramatic guitar-focused indie rock and you haven't listened to them by now, you should check them out, chief.
Also on the bill at this all-ages show: Nova Scotia's Wintersleep, who've not only won a Juno Award (New Group of the Year, 2008) but also were handpicked by Sir Paul McCartney to open for him at a gig in Halifax.