And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Whereas we used to know them by the Trail of Dead, now we know them by their ability to write memorable songs and make high-quality albums. Austin’s …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead has been giving copy editors fits for years — not to mention pissing off the owners of the clubs they trashed en route to becoming a must-see live act. (The Bottleneck’s ceiling has never quite recovered from a circa-2003 lashing.) The group’s rapturous arena rock answers the question: What if the Trans-Siberian Orchestra were actually a bunch of punk rockers in black T-shirts who loved Mission of Burma? With the equally epic Secret Machines hitching along, Monday’s twin killing will be all that and a broken guitar neck.