Three years is a long time.  It may feel short in the grand scheme of things, but in three years a lot can change.  For the Irish post-rock band God Is An Astronaut, it’s been three years since they have played a show in the United States, and they bring along with them this time a few new things for fans.  Supporting their 2010 release Age of the Fifth Sun, the soaring instrumentals of God Is An Astronaut touches down this weekend in California. If post-rock instrumentals are your thing, you will want to be at these shows.  God Is An Astronaut (GIAA) may not be the household name of STS9, but that’s a good thing.  Their instrumental tracks bring you away in their multi-layered guitar sounds.  While many instrumental bands use synthesizers as a crutch, that’s not the case with GIAA- this is rock and there is no doubt about it.  With any instrumental band, visuals become important and their live shows help paint the picture and story behind the music.  Tickets are only $12 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco and $12 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.  If you are looking for a musical escape this weekend, you’ve found it.  Check out “All is Violent, All is Bright” below for a taste of the experience:

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