Wednesday-Night Lights

Maybe you’ve had this thought when listening to a particularly epic song by a band that blows you away: This should be on a movie soundtrack! Beloved Austin, Texas-bred post-rock group Explosions in the Sky has inspired plenty of film professionals that way. The group is a favorite of director Peter Berg, who had the band create the soaring score for the high school football drama Friday Night Lights. Ever since, the quartet has become a go-to for film producers looking for a sound that conveys a certain majestic gravitas. Not bad for a band that’s one of the few true survivors of the early-’00s mini post-rock movement. When the guys take the stage with special guest Zammuto at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami) Wednesday, don’t expect a lyrical onslaught. Their discography spanning back to 1999 contains virtually no lyrics. But while many instrumental groups might seem overly mechanical and emotionally hollow, Explosions in the Sky’s grandiose sound calls to a sense of melancholy and triumph. It’s a rare opportunity to see this summer-festival favorite in an enclosed, intimate venue.
Wed., June 20, 8 p.m., 2012
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Drew Spears