Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine

When: Wed., April 30, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Andy Hull's metamorphosis from pudgy preacher's son to barrel-chested rock 'n' roll frontman has mirrored the very evolution of his band. Manchester Orchestra was once the sort of quaint group to emerge from the emo wreckage and title their 2007 debut record I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but the Atlanta quintet have taken elephantine strides in the right direction in the years since, and now find themselves a bona-fide, arena-sized rock act. Their latest, Cope, unapologetically hammers this point home with lumbering guitar riffs and Hull's snarling delivery, which has confidently improved as of late. Cope's mammoth guitar heroics might be the recording's initial draw, but it's Hull that commandeers this vessel, with his keen ability to turn a phrase ("We all believed in ghosts until you walked into the wall") and transform into a rock 'n' roll deity before our very eyes. It's a sight to behold. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

Price: $17

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