We’ll be perfectly honest with you: The Appleseed Cast aren’t doing anything that’s particularly fresh or innovative. Their mellow soundscapes and gradual, mounting build-ups are of a style—a style best represented best by now-defunct bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid and Mineral—that reached its pinnacle just over a decade ago. Though often long-winded and overstuffed with Kid A influence, their latest release, Sagarmatha, contains a handful of songs that might just take you back to a simpler time. A time when “emo” wasn’t a household word, ironic t-shirts were a new thing and the Internet was but a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye. If nothing else, their affecting, epic instrumental numbers are good for a solid head-bob/shoe-gaze, and local openers Heypenny and Shoot the Mountain are worth checking out. Quirky Aussie pop duo An Horse round out the bill.
Thu., April 9, 9 p.m., 2009

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