What to Do Tonight: Mono

Dont call them post-rock
  • Don't call them post-rock

A little more than a decade ago, Mono began crafting a compelling soundtrack of wordless experimental noise-rock that was equally indebted to Sonic Youth’s visceral clatter and My Bloody Valentine’s shredding guitar sheets. Yet they’ve always steered their own musical course. The Japanese quartet, led by founder/composer/guitarist Takaakira Goto, first made waves with its 2001 debut, Under the Pipal Tree (which was financed by experimentalist supreme John Zorn), and its follow-up, 2002’s One More Step and You Die. On 2004’s Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, produced by Steve Albini, Mono wove ambient textures into their squalling atmosphere. Since then, like on last year’s Hymn to the Immortal World, the band has utilized a more cinematic and orchestral sonic approach, eschewing the post-rock tag in favor of the more appropriate identification of “contemporary classical music.” Mono celebrated its tenth anniversary last year with a concert that featured backing from the Wordless Music Orchestra, which was recently released as Holy Ground: NYC Live. Don’t look for 24-piece orchestral support on this tour — just pure explosive euphoria. Mono, with Twilight Sad play the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. —Brian Baker

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