WASHINGTON, DC: Godspeed You! Black Emperor performs at the 9:30 Club. September 9, 2015. © Brandon Wu / for the Washington City Paper.

These days a Godspeed You! Black Emperor tour is a fairly rare and unpredictable occasion—a shame, because the venerable Canadians (who were post-rock before post-rock was a thing) are every bit as capable of putting on an evocative, cinematic, and moving show as they’ve ever been. The 9:30 Club, though not technically sold out, still felt packed and energized, as if fans knew they were getting a treat that they might not be able to witness again.

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