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Austra, Cult of Youth, Project Film Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., July 16, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
Love as Laughter has been cultishly adored for years for its truly trippy psychedelic pop and an overall sorta goofy stoner vibe—but none of those things are apparent in Cult of Youth, the new project from former Love as Laughter bassist Sean Ragon. Originally a solo home-recording endeavor exploring the post­industrial neofolk movement, Cult of Youth has become a full-fledged band, and the amount of attention it’s attracting makes it sound like a Williamsburg neofolk revival is entirely possible. Their self-titled debut album (recently released by Sacred Bones) does a great job re-creating the slate gray sounds of Death in June and Current 93. Unfortunately Ragon also dredges up the genre’s fascist imagery, despite being an avowed nonfascist—that could kill the buzz for some listeners. —Miles Raymer



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