Rock & Pop


When: Fri., April 19, 9 p.m. 2013

The East Bay has no shortage of shoegaze acts, but one of the scene's most talented bands is, in fact, transplanted from the other half of the globe -- the southern half, that is. Vir is a trio of fantastically noisy New Zealand natives who churn out the best kind of delay- and loop-heavy, atmospheric ear-storms reminiscent of Sonic Youth and newer acts like A Place to Bury Strangers. But this moodier sound, as heard on the band's excellent 2012 record, Engineers, may be on its way out, as Vir gets set to release its still-untitled album later this year. According to guitarist and vocalist Sam Sloane, the band's next album is already "sounding quite dark and sultry, but a little poppier and less experimental than Engineers." In a spate of upcoming shows, including one on Friday, Apr. 19, at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland), the band will be testing out some new material songs. Hear them, along with Spider Meow, Vague Choir, and Space Ape. 9:30 p.m., $7.

Lenika Cruz

Price: $7


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