Easter Island at the Evening Muse tonight (10/12/2013)

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EASTER ISLAND
Over the last year, Easter Island has become something of a buzz band in its hometown of Athens, Ga., and in certain corners of the Internet. It's earned it, too. The post-rock/shoegaze quintet has toured hard behind its 2012 release, Frightened, polishing its sound - influenced by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Rós - to a high shine. It doesn't hurt that, by all appearances, the band members are exceedingly nice guys, doing things like asking local high schoolers and post-rock strivers Garlic City to open for them at the Evening Muse this week. That nice-guy charm translates into lush sonic warmth onstage, helping the band's layered, expansive music blossom. The recent addition of drummer John Swint, formerly of another beloved Athens band, Modern Skirts, rounds out an already talented roster, ensuring the buzz will continue for some time to come. $8-$10. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

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