Montreal once seemed an unlikely location for an indie-rock revival. All that changed, of course, with the success of Arcade Fire’s 2004 album Funeral, which merely hinted at the heights they’d reach. (The Suburbs won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011.) Enter Stars, Islands, Plants and Animals, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and a gaggle of other bearded Canadians. Around 2003, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, a Montreal husband-and-wife duo, formed the Besnard Lakes (named after a location in North-Central Saskatchewan) and started recording atmospheric, proggy guitar-driven pop as barren and expansive as the Canadian steppe. They’ve since released two full-length albums on Jagjaguwar, including The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (2007) and last year’s suite The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (2010). They’ll play at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Oct. 8 with countrymen Malajube and Smoke Signals.
The Besnard Lakes w/ Malajube, Smoke Signals, Oct. 8, $12, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 278-2670, wadsworthatheneum.org
Freetime: The Besnard Lakes Bring Their Montreal Indie Rock to the Wadsworth Atheneum
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