New York City’s Interpol burst onto the scene in 2002 with the release of its critically acclaimed debut, “Turn on the Bright Lights.” Two more well-received full-lengths followed—2004’s “Antics” and 2007’s major-label-backed “Our Love to Admire”—and then things became quiet in the Interpol camp. That is until frontman Paul Banks announced he’d be releasing a solo album, “Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper,” under the name Julian Plenti. Released in August, half of the songs sound like they would fit right in on an Interpol record, while the others are softer and at times somewhat folky. These tracks prove that when Banks’ isn’t competing with intense instrumentation, the dude can actually kinda sing, rather than just loudly talk in a monotone. Here’s hoping that, as Julian Plenti, Banks will prove to be an engaging performer, too. (Kelley Hecker)
November 21 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203. 7:30pm. $16.