Local post-rock act eclipses the genre

Bands the like the End of the Ocean make a good argument for ditching the term “post-rock” once and for all. As an instrumental act, the band is unduly compartmentalized with its sans-vocals brethren in that level of hell reserved for unwanted promos from college radio stations. And with the post-rock scarlet letter, you assume that it is boring and only popular with grad students. Both of these are completely untrue. The End of the Ocean is what rock should be by now — an intelligent means of conveying both narrative and emotion, both tension and release. And really, really loudly at that. (Safe bet)