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Midlake evolves. The Denton, Texas, band started out, in the early aughts, channeling “Sgt. Pepper's” and other seminal pysch-pop, but with lo-fi presentation. On its breakout sophomore album, “The Trials of Van Occupanther,” the band drew inspiration from the '70s sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young. Now, for its third release, “The Courage of Others,” due out Feb. 2, Midlake digs into British folk — Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Pentangle — music that, as lead singer Tim Smith told Pitchfork, has a “fair maiden” quality, “a more enchanted kind of thing rather than a bluesy, down-home kind of thing.” To pull off “Courage” live, the band has expanded from a five- to seven-piece, adding a pianist/flute player and a guitarist. More should be better in this case: Midlake is at its best with big, complex melodies. This should be something to behold live. Up-and-coming Denton folk singer Sarah Jaffe opens.
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