Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) (in the Locker Room)

When: Thu., Jan. 29, 7 p.m. 2015

Comprising Michigan couple Keith and Cathy Latinen, Empire! Empire! taps the emotional indie vein of late 1990s with heart-wrenching aplomb. 2009’s What It Takes To Move Forward is the band’s high-water mark (though it’s all pretty great stuff), what with its soul-mining opening cut, “How to Make Love Stay.” The quiet-loud dynamic shows up throughout their stuff -- contrasting contemplative poetry against window-smashing brashness. “I tend to hide lyrics and names behind a lot of dense symbolism,” Keith once said. If that’s your thing (and it’s an awesome thing when done well), then here’s your band. The winter tour, which begins tonight in Lakewood, will feature exclusive vinyl repress editions of What It Takes. (Eric Sandy)

Price: $8

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