The North Wind, Language, , Design Drift Distance,

When: Wed., Jan. 9, 9 p.m. 2013

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Back in October, the North Wind released their debut EP, Mirror Lake. The atmospheric, melodic rock soundtracked the falling leaves to perfection, but the songs still sound good in January. Guitar-based and wordless, the North Wind largely avoids sounding like prog (not that there's anything wrong with that), despite the fact that one of their songs—the best, I think—is named "5 Sons of King Pandu." Long form is the specialty of spacey electronic trio Language. As in, 10 minutes is on the short side. Dubs and samples interweave with guitars to create laidback jams with Kelly Schirmann's otherworldly vocals soaring over the top. The effect is mysterious, improvisational, and confounding: Are they really that good on the fly? Design Drift Distance kicks off the cerebral lineup with spiky post-rock songs of traditional length and intelligible vocals. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $5

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