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Grass Widow, Black Math, Nones Critic's Choice Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., Sept. 23, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: Donation requested
All-lady Oakland trio Grass Widow sound the way a Sofia Coppola film looks: slightly muted, as though longing for something it can’t articulate and doesn’t really feel the need to. Their gentle, diaphanous three-part harmonies lend a dreamy ache to the wistful, surfy spy-punk on their second full-length, Past Time (Kill Rock Stars), and it seeps through the songs like a drop of thick ink spreading in a still glass of water. Someone better versed in the history of bands with girls in them could probably deliver a thesis on all the elements they’re revisiting; I hear a way chiller Slant 6 and sometimes the Ex, but Grass Widow’s music is a Polaroid only they could’ve taken. Though you can only make out the words about once every three minutes, you just know the album’s loaded with a vault of symbolic language and experience; it creates depth while accumulating no weight, so you’re not crushed with some overwrought, indecipherable trauma at the end. Still, Past Time leaves behind a shocking sadness when it’s over, like that second after your lover closes the door and you know that’s the last time you’ll see her. Grass Widow also plays Thursday afternoon at U of C's Hutchinson Commons. —Liz Armstrong

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