The Winter Sounds, May 12, VAC 

Hell, if you were to judge the Winter Sounds by any single song off their latest release, Church of the Haunted South, you'd be left with a specious idea of the group's sound.

Like your favorite Pandora indie station, Church of the Haunted South rambles in a number of unforeseen directions--the thumpy drum beats and synthy punch of Bloc Party brush up against the stoney echo of Band of Horses and the soaring vocals of Fleet Foxes.

While there are thematic threads through the album--the band has said it's a partial retelling of Gone With the Wind--the structure varies markedly throughout each song. "O'Fear" begins with church-worthy layered vocals and progresses into galloping drums, stacked harmonies and a full-on synth blitz. Though the Winter Sounds' hodge-podge might baffle on first listen, if it were its own Pandora station, Church of the Haunted South would receive more "likes" than "don't likes."

With Parachute Musical, 8 p.m., $5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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