Pop/Rock

Dead Can Dance

When: Tue., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. 2012

In the mid-to-late-’80s, a number of Anglo art-rockers, having either grown restless with the limitations of basic Western pop-music structures or exhausted themselves burning holes in them, started looking farther afield for new inspiration. Of these self-consciously multi-culti projects, Peter Gabriel’s Middle-Eastern- and North-African-inflected soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ probably gained the biggest audience. (Outside of Enigma’s “Sadeness (Part 1),” maybe.) On the gothy end of the spectrum, Australian duo Dead Can Dance built a sizable audience for themselves, mixing up ambient drones, medieval European chants and African polyrhythms in ways both majestic and meditative — a more spiritual-seeming counterpoint to similarly airy bands like This Mortal Coil. The way of all things being circular and cyclical, the founding duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have reunited for a new album and a select few DCD shows, and the august rafters of the Mother Church should provide the perfect venue.

Steve Haruch

Price: $35-$55

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