The Constantines, with the Weakerthans

Though the Constantines are compared to Fugazi in practically every review ever written, that harsh framing of the band's loose, percussive yet melodic rants and raves doesn't do the band justice. Shine a Light, the Canadian band's new album, takes on a much broader tone than its 2001 self-titled debut, with forays into spacious, jazzy riffs and brooding vocals, augmented by plenty of jerky/jagged pop-tinged tunes. Sprinkled over the top are a few soul claps, R&B chords and even marching-band beats...Still sound like Fugazi? The band's live show centers around lanky vocalist-guitarist Bry Webb, who coaxes his sweat-soaked body into bizarre contortions while dancing through the crowd, shouting out desperate pleas for understanding, and handing out tambourines to anyone wanting to be honorary Constantines.
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