Staff Pick: Destroyer
Vancouver, Canada-born Dan Bejar, aka Destroyer, has a back catalog that mirrors his outsized musical curiosity, with albums delving into saxophone-driven yacht rock, Spanish-language balladry and even straightforward power-pop (alongside Carl Newman and Neko Case in Canadian supergroup the New Pornographers).
For his current solo tour, which hits the Basement on Saturday, Oct. 8, Bejar plans to preview "at least 10 new guitar-based tracks," according to a press release, which would be quite a departure fromPoison Season, from 2015, a dreamy mashup of sad, Bleeding Gums Murphy-esque sax, woozy jazz odyssey forays and sighing, astral strings.
"The instrument you write on seems to dictate the sound, at least in my case," Bejar toldThe Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee, in September. "I was probably listening to one of my old Church records, and I think I went out and bought a couple of old '80s Bose effects pedals. I thought, 'There's gotta be a way to make me sound like a cool guitar player.' I don't know, these songs sound kind of different to me."
7:30 p.m. Saturday,
391 Neil Ave.,
ALSO PLAYING: Zachary Cale