Overrated/Underrated: Arcade Fire burns out with ‘Everything Now,’ and the gentle heaviness of Cloakroom


“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Ahmanson Theatre: A Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling 2003 novel, this story of a boy named Christopher who investigates the death of a neighbor’s pet offers an immersive, empathetic venture into its main character’s mind, which functions somewhere along the autism spectrum. Flashes of light, video projections and blasts of electronic noise transform an otherwise spare stage into a bustling train station or Christopher’s horror of being unexpectedly touched, and add a vivid yet humane warmth to his journey.

Cloakroom’s “Time Well”: With the ’90s revival already in progress, this Indiana trio’s new album (due Aug. 18) deserves notice for expertly finding fresh new ground between the masonry-crumbling churn of Clinton-era sludge rock and the downcast, oddly delicate melodies that recall fellow Midwesterners Hum. With a guitar churn that runs too low to be considered among shoegaze revivalists and too heavy to fit in with whatever is left of so-called indie rock these days, Cloakroom may be the perfect record for the dog days of summer, a time when it feels like nothing moves very quickly but there’s no denying that colder, darker days are coming.


Arcade Fire: With a third consecutive No. 1 album, this band’s a long way from the upstart days of its breathtaking 2004 debut, “Funeral.” The Bruce Springsteen-adjacent 2011 album “The Suburbs” dispensed with their underdog status for good, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that each of the group’s records has yielded diminishing returns, from the dour “Neon Bible” to the overblown dance-rock of “Reflektor.” Their latest, “Everything Now,” mixes ham-fisted…

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