Copenhagen’s Efterklang is in town for the Adventures in Modern Music showcase presented by Empty Bottle and The Wire. Dubbed “Edition Sonar” for its overlap with the renowned Spanish festival’s first visit to Chicago, this impressive slate of shows aims to expose local ears to an array of diverse acts. Efterklang’s “Magic Chairs” (4AD) was released earlier this year and the “Raincoats” single hit shelves in August. The quartet employs the accompaniment of several musicians and deftly crafts vocal and string-driven pop that often explodes in majestic swells of horns, percussion and harmony. Comparisons to The Most Serene Republic and Sigur Ros are indeed logical, but Efterklang reserves a subtle twist of brooding restraint on their latest endeavor, seemingly keeping the grandeur under lock and key. Let’s hope they packed some of it for their visit to Chicago, where they share the stage with Rangda, Michael Zerang and Buke & Gass. (John Alex Colón)
September 10 at Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600. 9pm. $15.