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Manchester Orchestra w/Balance and Composure & Kevin Devin and the Goddamn Band 

When: Sat., May 31, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $19-$23
If Conor Oberst had loved Pink Floyd and Nirvana, he might’ve founded Manchester Orchestra. Led by similarly sensitive songwriting prodigy Andy Hull, the anthemic Atlanta quintet celebrates a decade of existence with their thundering fourth full-length Cope. Instead of classes, Hull spent his senior year of high school crafting Manchester’s debut EP. Though by nature a little melodramatic, Hull’s grown increasingly deft at balancing driving rock and grandiose gestures — most new album tracks tap out by 3:30. (The prolific frontman’s had practice, releasing six discs with side projects Bad Books and Right Away, Great Captain!) While the tone and specific approach change from release to release, the large contours remain the same: dramatic missives from the Island of Misfit Boys draped in loud, brash, sometimes sweeping arrangements cued to alternately spare/overdriven dynamics. It’s confessional art-rock gone grunge, keyed by Hull’s wracked baritone and rich lyrical imagery — an arena-worthy act for the moment beached by rock’s low tide. CHRIS PARKER


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