On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey). The live aspect on its own should be an interesting thing to experience, as Radian are a band whose recordings primarily focus on the “granular” aspects of the tones and textures they’re exploring, which are laid out fairly traditionally on guitar/bass/drums but microscopically rearranged and enhanced via digital software processing for a more fully realized physiological and psychological effect. So you’ve got to dig a bit; this is a fascinating, close-listening experience whose ever-shifting inner worlds deserve repeated visits. That’s a difficult thing to pull off in a noisy club setting, so let’s hope the scenesters can put down their drinks long enough to pay a little attention.
The Viennese trio of drummer Martin Brandlmayr, guitarist Martin Siewert and bassist John Norman make a rare-ish L.A. appearance to explore tracks from their recent album