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Thursday, May 13, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Plants and Animals

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Plants and Animals and Some Guy With a Spear
  • Plants and Animals and Some Guy With a Spear

Plants and Animals played their first gig as a band after the trio graduated as electro-acoustic music majors from Montreal’s Concordia University. Warren Spicer, Matthew Woodley, and Nicolas Basque have been on a journey of musical evolution since their 2005 self-titled debut, which consisted entirely of acoustic instrumentals. On 2008’s Parc Avenue, Plants and Animals explored a sort of pastoral-prog on cuts like the epic “Faerie Dance” (really, how can a song called “Faerie Dance” be anything but pastoral-prog and epic?). Recorded in their native Montreal and in Paris, the recently released La La Land takes a punchier approach and is a far less meandering record. “The Mama Papa” and the unfortunately titled but awesome “American Idol” are direct rocking numbers that come closer to the band’s live shows than most of Parc Avenue. Plants and Animals still get their prog on in the lovely “Undone Melody,” but there is far more kick to the flora and fauna this time around. Plants and Animals with Lowly the Tree Ghost play the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. —Chris Drabick

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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