The title of this Scottish post-rock outfit’s new album, Mr. Beast, is indicative of the band’s predilection for mixing raw amplifier noise with refined soundscaping as well as its skewed sense of humor. Unfortunately, the album doesn’t quite live up to its excellent name. On Beast, Mogwai doesn’t sound as urgent as it used to, perhaps because so many young bands have in recent years appropriated the band’s quiet-loud attack for themselves. Nevertheless, Mogwai has a deep catalog to draw from (including highlights from landmarks such as 1999’s Come on Die Young). Expect your hair to be blown back tonight.

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