by Dan Gibson
There's something strange and wonderful in the reality that a band playing instrumental songs generally lasting eight minutes or longer being popular enough to play the Rialto. Even as surprising as that idea probably is, Explosions in the Sky will be there Thursday night, playing their somewhat symphonic compositions for electric guitar and drums. The flyer that ended up being the catalyst for the band's formation asked for musicians looking to form a "sad triumphant rock band" and I guess that's what they are. Without the help of lyrical cues, I probably won't have a clue which song is which, but for me, that's sort of a blessing, so I'm not waiting around for the song I came to hear, I'm just going to find a wall to lean up against with my beer and just take it all in.