Concerts

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai on musical roots and the awful Margaret Thatcher

Formed in 1995, Mogwai quickly made a name for itself with adventurous guitar work and a sound that loosened and opened up the imagination. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the Scottish band very much plotted its own course through exploring every sonic whim without losing a strong sense of musical identity. Though often associated with post-rock, Mogwai (due at the Bluebird Theater on Monday, May 2) has always been more of a rock band than that, even though most of its songs are instrumental.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.