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Must See Show of the Week – Islands @ The Constellation Room

Liam Maloney

Who: Islands

Where: The Constellation Room (within The Observatory)

When: Wednesday, September 25th

Tickets: $12 – BUY HERE

Nick Thorburn knows a thing or two about a thing or two. His bands have included The Unicorns, Mister Heavenly, and Islands, the latter currently playing in support of their newest album dubbed Ski Mask. It mixes his penchant for moody pop and slick lo-fi production into something more enjoyable than whatever is on the cover of Rolling Stone this week. The Canadian frontman is well suited for any environment, whether it be festival stages or tiny clubs, and The Constellation Room is suited for his heartfelt lyrics to resonate much more than when bouncing off faraway beer stands and jerks on cell phones.

Islands are a stripped down version of what they once were: a seven-or-eight-piece flurry of instrumentation and individual performances. Now, as a quartet, Islands can focus precisely on the aspects of their performance and music that makes the most sense. The new album sees the band jumping across genres, as their past outputs has as well, but distinctive bass lines and drum patterns emulate everything from Wild West gallops to neo-polka while still staying true to the art of the song. Wednesday night shows may not have all the chutzpah of a weekend arena extravaganza, but seeing Islands for a dozen bills in a tiny club is remarkable.

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