3/11/11 | Durham Herald-Sun | www.heraldsun.com | Live Show Preview
The Rural Alberta Advantage (Monday, Local 506) -- Finding comparisons is a dangerously subjective, uninformative technique for previewing music. But for this Canadian trio, vocal influences range from Neutral Milk Hotel's grating Jeff Mangum to the equally unique storytelling of The Mountain Goat's John Darnielle, but jittery drumming a la The National and a semi-electronic Postal Service sound make for a band whose potential can only be described through this indie smorgasbord.Both this year's "Departing" and 2008 debut "Hometowns" are earnest indie rock albums about growing up and earning life experience without giving in to cliches or even a single definable sound. Start with "The Deathbridge in Lethbridge" to hear them rock out and "Sleep All Day" to get a taste of their sweeter side, then put on "Four Night Rider" to hear them tie it all together.
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