Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

The Church/The Sharp Things

When: Sat., March 7, 9 p.m. 2015

Few bands survive the kind of upheaval that has characterized the career of the Church. Founded in Sydney in 1980, the band has had its ups (its biggest hit was 1988’s moody alternative rock ballad “Under the Milky Way”) and downs (founding guitarist Marty Willson-Piper left the band in 2013), but has somehow soldiered on. And now, with its 25th studio album, Further/Deeper, the band explores “unchartered sonic territories,” as it’s put in a press release. And that isn’t just empty hype. Right from the opening notes of the album's first track, “The Vanishing Man,” the band offers up a kind of sonic density that suggests shoe gazer but with definite pop sensibilities. New guitarist Ian Haug (formerly of Powderfinger) fits in perfectly and even helped write the songs as the band pounded them out during and eight-day recording session. Expect the live show to really rock. (Niesel)

Price: $25

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