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Raveonettes

Raveonettes

When: Fri., Sept. 26, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $30 for VIP
Danish duo the Raveonettes made their name in the mid-aughts partly because their take on rock ’n’ roll was so specific—it existed right at the point where the fuzzed-out bliss of shoegaze abutted the sing-along shimmer of Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Most crucially, though, it had a leader-of-the-pack attitude, which defined early favorites such as “Attack of the Ghost Riders” and even persisted on slightly less badass offerings, including their chiming 2003 single “The Christmas Song.” By contrast, this year’s Pe’ahi (The Beat Dies), which the band dropped in July, focuses on cracks in their cool. It opens with a relentless surf groove, but that gives way to Sune Rose Wagner’s whispered, regretful poetry and a piano that sounds submerged under the ocean. The Raveonettes have always maximalized their sound with distortion pedals, and Pe’ahi has a few swaggering guitar-and-drums jams. But those elements are balanced by vulnerable lyrics and extra ornamentation—an angelic-sounding harp breaks up the Mancunian shimmy of “Sisters,” and the Emily Dickinson-quoting “When Night Is Almost Done” alternates its doomy, blown-out synth line with a much airier backing track. A decade-plus into being a band, the Raveonettes are taking steps to improve something they were already good at. —Maura Johnston
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