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Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Field Auxiliary Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Feb. 18, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $12 in advance, $14 at the door
Wild Nothing might sound maudlin, but one-man band Jack Tatum is all in: there's nothing half-assed about his postgoth twee. The 22-year-old's sweet long-player Gemini and more recent Golden Haze EP, both released last year by Captured Tracks, make it clear that for discerning teens there's still nothing more evocative of ennui than the Smiths—the band's chimey/sad combo shall forever be rediscovered and reinvented by new generations of bright young things, and Tatum is near the head of the pack when it comes to channeling that sound. He throws in some muscular reverb and delay, perhaps inspired by Kate Bush or the Cocteau Twins—both have clearly influenced Gemini's feel-good soundtrack to feeling bad. Live, Wild Nothing becomes a four-piece; it's not just one dude behind a keyboard. —Jessica Hopper



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