Friday, April 18, at the Replay Lounge.

Kinski 

Friday, April 18, at the Replay Lounge.

Some bands just need to be experienced live, and Kinski is almost universally cited as one of those acts. On disc, the Seattle-based group sometimes struggles when shifting between snoring and soaring. It starts with simple melodies, smothers them with blips, bleeps and dizzying distortion, heats the mix to a noisy boil, then lets it simmer and cool before restarting the process (elapsed time: eight minutes or more). This year's Airs Above Your Station plays like a soundtrack to a movie about getting hopelessly lost; at the end, a listener might ask himself, "Did I waste my time, or did I just find out that sometimes, destinations are superfluous?" In a concert setting, the answer becomes clear: It can be exciting to surrender your sense of direction, provided that you have a suitably mesmerizing tour guide.

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