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Xasthur, Johanna Warren

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Southern California musician Scott Conner made his name with the mostly-solo black-metal project Xasthur, attaining a mix of abject grit and foreboding grandeur on a well-received albums like 2006's Subliminal Genocide. But in 2010 he retired the project and began making plaintive, if still dark, acoustic-centered records under the name Nocturnal Poisoning. Conner brought back the Xasthur name a couple years ago, but stayed on in the unplugged-dirge vein, and now tours in an acoustic trio comprising two guitars and a bass. The new stuff has a tangled, gloomy beauty, and Conner seems pretty unsentimental about leaving the old Xasthur behind. —Scott Gordon