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Pelican 

8 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The Gargoyle, on the campus of Washington University at Forsyth and Skinker boulevards

On paper, Chicago's Pelican is doing everything wrong. The instrumental group plays heavy riffs with clean guitars. It does doom metal in a major key. Lately, it's even traded in the ten-minute-plus epics of previous work for pop-song-sized post-rock bursts, which have kept the band's ear-shattering dynamic capabilities hidden. But by breaking the rules, Pelican has escaped the shadow of art-metal godfathers Isis and Neurosis and carved its own bird-shaped niche in the genre. 2007's City of Echoes may showcase a user-friendly, prettier version of Pelican, but the new After the Ceiling Cracked live DVD proves that they can still create a wall of sound that Phil Spector would (ahem) kill for.

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