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CANCELED: Brief Candles, Christian Dior, Caryatids

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Milwaukee's Brief Candles make gorgeous but forthright post-punk. Info

Photo by       DJ Hostettler.

Photo by DJ Hostettler.

Milwaukee band Brief Candles has been finding different ways to play tender melodies off of billowy, scratchy soundscapes since the early oughts. The rich layers of reverb and delay in much of Brief Candles’ music make it easy to sum it up as dream-pop or shoegaze, but that doesn't do justice to the mix of ideas at work here. Even back on 2003's self-titled debut album, the brisk rhythms of "June" sat nicely alongside the languid buildup of songs like "All My Gates." Guitarists Jenifer Boniger and Kevin Dixon trade off lead vocal performances, both singing with a balance of ethereal mood and up-front vulnerability. The latest Brief Candles release, 2017's Retreater, is if anything the band's most varied work yet, with a scope that seems to range from the gentlest twee-pop to the darker corners of post-punk. Over the years the band has made all its ideas melt together more and more naturally, and it shows on "Tiramisu," framed around Drew Calvetti's hulking distorted bass and drummer radishbeat's at once plodding and restless patterns. Another standout, "Alarm Fatigue," captures Brief Candles' ability to pick up the tempo a bit while still creating warm and generous atmospheres. Brief Candles share the bill here with Madison duo Christian Dior and a new local outfit, Caryatids, which features members of projects including Hex House, Terran, and Coordinated Suicides. —Scott Gordon

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