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Cults, Cullen Omori, Hideout

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Cults catapulted to indie stardom mere months into their existence on the strength of the 2010 single "Go Outside." The Brooklyn duo released their eponymous debut album a year later, on which their swirling synths of dream pop mashed with 1960s-influenced pop proved to be a charming combination for both fans and critics. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion took a darker turn for their second album, 2013's Static, incorporating the rockier glam and psychedelic sounds of the later 60's. The two singles released from Static, "I Can Hardly Make You Mine" and "High Road," became big hits on college radio stations around the country. As with their previous album, the shift in sound between Static and this year's Offering is slight—the simmering synths on Offering making Cults sound more Beach House than ever, with cryptic lyrics continuing to focus on relationships and heartbreak. Offering was released in October in the wake of three singles: "Offering," "I Took Your Picture," and "Right Words," the second of which takes the cake on this album. —Caleb Oakley

Earlier Event: October 25
Spotlight Cinema: The Girl Without Hands
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