Spanish heavy metal, with classical and Celtic influences, is the best way I can describe the sound of Mago de Oz. The band is a testament to the idea that music is a universal language; their tracks are filled with familiarity, even if you can't comprehend a word. Not that understanding lyrics is a prerequisite for musical popularity--see hilarious Fall Out Boy parody videos on YouTube. Unlike verbally challenged screamo bands, the language barrier isn't a distraction with Mago. I flunked out of Spanish a long time ago, but for once, this may not be a detriment. Words tap into left-sided brain functions, whereas music alone allows for pure exploration of the right side: musical awareness, dreaming, hypnosis...The effect is nothing short of magical, as the band name's translation, Wizard of Oz, implies. With the help of an accordion, flute, violin and bagpipes, Mago de Oz leads us on a yellow-bricked path to euphoric realms never explored musically by any other group. Speakers and non-speakers alike, this is not a show to miss. Mago de Oz plays 7 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues. Doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets are $30 to $50. Call 214-978-BLUE or visit hob.com.
Sun., March 15, 2009