photography by Tim Saccenti

Named for what I’d like to assume is a reference to Rainbow Brite’s preferred mode of transport, lo-fi force-of-nature Sparklehorse has long been a favorite of mope rock aficionados everywhere. (Ask ask any Laurel Canyon fan, Mark Linkous’s song “It’s a Wonderful Life” might just be the biggest soundtrack scene-stealer ever). Having returned after a five year hiatus with 2006’s Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, Sparklehorse mastermind Linkous has never been bigger: The album has shown up on everyone’s year-end list, due in part to flourishes from Tom Waits and Danger Mouse, but mostly thanks to the uniquely haunting, lullabye-goes-rock-and-roll quality Linkous has perfected. Hear it live (and dream about it that night) when Sparklehorse come to the Fillmore on Feb.10 ( Oh, and get an idea of the setlist on the band’s website (, where, like a seasonal restaurant, Linkous offers fans a sonic “sample menu.”