It’s no surprise that this project, born out of the departure of mastermind Casey Crescenzo from hardcore Boston band the Receiving End of Sirens, employs as its moniker a variation on a movie title. After all, the Dear Hunter’s entire existence often seems like a means to Crescenzo’s auteur-like end: To construct an epic masterpiece of cinematic size. To be fair, he’s on track: From the beginning, Crescenzo has stated his intentions to tell one story through the band – something about a boy at the dawn of the 20th Century – in six acts over the course of a decade or so. He’s halfway there, having released Acts one through three from 2006 to 2009, with an unrelated nine-EP intermission, The Color Spectrum, released this summer. Bearded and hulking, Crescenzo is like the George R.R. Martin of alt-rock, casting a spell over fans with his sprawling sound, which ranges from a capella to poignantly orchestral, while remaining cagey about future details. We’re in! – Justin Strout (with Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, O’Brother; 7 p.m. at the Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $12-$14; 407-246-1419; thesocial.org)
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