Arts and Sciences

7 p.m. Saturday, September 15. Milton Schoolhouse, 1320 Milton Road, Alton, Illinois.

Even though Arts and Sciences is only a quintet, the semi-local emo-folk popsters manage to bring enough multi-instrumental fluency to the table to convincingly mimic a small wind symphony — while easily standing shoulder to shoulder with more well-known indie-rock collectives. Trumpet, tuba, trombone, saxophone, vibraphone, accordion, banjo, harmonica and sparse (but well-placed) vocal harmonies take precedence over guitars on tracks found on the band's MySpace profile (myspace.com/artsandsciencesmusic). Unlike many of its not-so-secretly Christian counterparts on the emo and indie scene, though, the modestly spiritual treks Arts and Sciences leads listeners on are highlighted not by cheap melodramatic screams or guitar bursts, but by truly epic moments — ones that rely on the well-placed quiet dynamics that preceded them for their impact.

 
 
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