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A gate occupies a liminal space, it's the difference between here and there, and crossing it (or jumping over it) signifies a kind of transcendence and a breaking with whatever it was on the opposite side of the fence. It makes sense then that this NJ, New Brunswick-based band would adopt the name Gates. With soaring vocals, and precise technical playing that never gets too in the way of itself, the band specializes in shimmery post-rock with a transcendental flair. Their latest LP, Parallel Lives, features 11 tracks of spacey goodness to sink your teeth into, but if you want to check out the live experience, you can catch Gates at the Knitting Factory 6/17, alongside Vasudeva and Head North.- Olivia Sisinni
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