Last Night: Godspeed You! Goes at Its Own Pace

Thunderous Canadian post-rock instrumental group Godspeed You! Black Emperor played a two-hour set to Tipitina’s last night, but it didn’t feel like two hours. Even near its end, the show felt like it was only an introduction to their beautiful, captivating organized noise. Their sound calls for standing completely still in silent reverence, and last night’s crowd obeyed.

Balmorhea Needs No Words

“I appreciate sacred music,” says Rob Lowe of Austin-based instrumental band Balmorhea. And that’s what he creates: sacred music. Balmorhea (pronounced "Bal-more-ay") uses acoustic guitar, strings, heavy percussion, piano, and a variety of instruments in a carefully composed, dynamic way to create ambient music of unrelenting energy.