It’s been tough in the past to nail down the sound of Radiolucent. Featuring a blend of dirt-road country swagger and Southern rock riffage with a dash of Queen-esque glam on top, the band’s last release, 2012’s Turn Me On & Turn Me Loose, showcased a group full of talent but not sure where they fit in. That picture is not made any clearer by Electric City, the group’s new LP, which it celebrates with a release show at the 40 Watt. The twang is scaled back in favor of a bigger, bolder, more operatic feel, with elements of Muse and David Bowie entering the fray. It’s staunchly uncool but undeniably commanding. The HEAP opens Friday’s show.
RADIOLUCENT Popular local band falling somewhere between Southern rock and pop-country. Album release show! See Calendar Pick on p. 20.
THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard's low bass growl.