Utterly distinct and unrepentantly weird, Spencer Krug could have been a colossal failure or the leader of an insanely devoted cult following.

Utterly distinct and unrepentantly weird, Spencer Krug could have been a colossal failure or the leader of an insanely devoted cult following. Suffice it to say the latter scenario has played out. The more maniacal side of the Wolf Parade songwriting partnership really lets his freak flag fly in the twisted art-pop visions he spins with Sunset Rubdown. From last record's "The Mending of the Gown" to the new Dragonslayer and its tales of "Silver Moons" and "Paper Lace," it's kind of like indie rock's version of the renaissance fair.