As long as college kids keep having partyriffic, drug-induced all-nighters, there will always be moody, smooth-sounding comedown bands. Every generation needs one, and Alt-J is the sunrise soundtrack for kids today, combining the world-music leanings of Local Natives and Fleet Foxes-inspired vocal harmonies, but mellowing them out to match more traditional (and more English) influences like Portishead and Amnesiac-era Radiohead. The rapidly rising band makes its third Middle Tennessee appearance this year tonight at the Ryman — not a bad gig, eh? The long-sold-out show comes hot off the heels of a buzzed-about Nashville debut at Cannery Ballroom last spring and a star-making Bonnaroo performance back in June, at which the band declared Bonnaroovians were the best crowd they’d ever played for. Long story short, there’s a lot of hype around this band. But don’t let that scare you away. Take one listen to the sonic splendor of a song like “Taro,” off the band’s 2012 debut An Awesome Wave, and see that the praise is well-deserved.
Sat, Sep 21 | 8:00 PM