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Wussy, Cedar Plank Salmon Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., June 13, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $10, $7 in advance
Founded in 2001 by Ass Ponys front man Chuck Cleaver and fellow singer-songwriter Lisa Walker, Wussy aren’t what you’d call wildly prolific—but every album is worth the wait, rich enough to last fans through the next long dry spell. The band sound like their hometown of Cincinnati: rolling-hilled, gritty but still pretty, and like Pittsburgh a crossroads where the rust belt and Appalachia meet and share battle stories. Wussy’s new Attica! (Shake It) is mesmerizing—John Erhardt, also from the Ass Ponys, returns with his pedal steel, and the album has the shamelessly lush orchestrations of 90s indie, as though Stereolab or Spiritualized had been down-home American. “Gene, I Dream” has a melancholic grandeur that almost makes it sound like a Handsome Family song given the full-band treatment, and the beautiful “Rainbows and Butterflies” makes explicit the line between fluffy and sinister that you can feel in so many great love songs. The tracks where Walker sings are wistful and passionate—especially “Home” and “Teenage Wasteland”—and her duet with Cleaver on “Beautiful” raises goose bumps. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the country’s greatest undiscovered treasures in the wild. —Monica Kendrick

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