Cloud Nothings, The Courtneys, Weeping Bong Band live in Cambridge

Dylan Baldi’s band rolled into The Sinclair on Friday night, showing off recent LP 'Last Building Burning'

 
 

It was the last night of November, and Harvard Square’s The Sinclair was abuzz for a particularly eclectic late-autumn bill. Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings are back on the road in support of October’s ferocious Last Building Burning, but before the Cleveland quartet coolly decimated the nearly sold-out space, a dose of hazy psychedelia and melodic jangle-pop was in order. The drone-folk collective Weeping Bong Band cast a strange and beautiful sonic spell to open the night, while Vancouver trio The Courtneys — whose second self-titled record saw release via the legendary Flying Nun Records last year — easily won over the room with their instant-earworm tunes.

By the time the evening’s headliners hit the stage, a packed-in crowd was ready to let loose some pent-up aggression, and Cloud Nothings served up the perfect soundtrack. Last Building Burning — recorded with underground metal superstar producer Randall Dunn ­– finds the band’s noisy post-hardcore at its most raw and heavy, and they played its eight tracks front-to-back before dipping into a greatest hits selection spanning 2012’s breakthrough Attack on Memory to last year’s polished Life Without Sound.

A one-song encore of the sprawling “Wasted Days” took the show just past the stroke of midnight, sending a sated audience spilling out into the December night — perhaps with a touch of tinnitus to keep them company on the walk home.

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