Concert preview: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Columbus Athenaeum

Rick Allen

A band? A collective? A secret society? Godspeed You! Black Emperor can be difficult to explain, even though it isn't hard to appreciate. Don't let words like “atmospheric, instrumental post-rock” and “Montreal” pigeonhole Godspeed as just for the critics and grad students. The group these days is frequently bright, dynamic, exciting and, dare I say, fun, at least for those with more exploratory leanings.

The band's latest,Luciferian Towers, may be its most accessible work yet. Godspeed has always been a tad cryptic, with its rotating lineup, lack of a vocalist and occasionally anarchist-friendly political leanings, all of which have added to the fun. This time, though, there is an openness — almost a willingness to meet the listener halfway instead of hiding in the shadows — that comes across as darn near friendly. There are shades of My Bloody Valentine and early Talking Heads, Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western scores and (cough) Coldplay onLuciferian Towers, which will hopefully put Godspeed on the radar of the many different music lovers who may enjoy the album. After taking most of the previous decade off, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is the rare act that returns better for the time away.Liberty and theTashi Dorji Duo open.(Don't miss it)

Columbus Athenaeum

8 p.m. Thursday, March 15

32 N. Fourth St., Downtown

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