Sam Roberts is a superstar and his band a household name in their native Canada - if not yet across the border. Five albums strong, the group's latest effort, Lo-Fantasy
, was produced by Youth, known for synth experimentation and dub electronics, but who knew enough to tap into Sam Roberts Band's strongest suit: playing live. Lo-Fantasy
was recorded live in Roberts' hometown of Montreal and tampered with at Youth's El Mirador Studios in Spain, the results of which are included in the bonus version of the album in the form of remixes. Lo-Fantasy
draws from the British sounds of the '80s: think the bite of The Clash ("Angola") with the smoothness of Tears For Fears ("Hands of Love"), but updated with more recent releases, like jangly, Johnny Marr guitar rock sans the Smiths ("Shapeshifters").
Tue., March 18, 8 p.m., 2014