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Merge Underground

The smoky confines of underground (read: 2nd & 3rd floor) indie haven The Subterranean hosts a magical double shot of Merge Records this weekend. Tonight, Raleigh power couple The Rosebuds bring the New Wave as they tour in support of recent release Night of the Furies. Where earlier Rosebuds records focused on dynamic guitar pop a la The Kinks or The Romantics, Night showcases the keyboards over the guitars and place plastic ivory-tapper Kelly Crisp's vocals in more of the spotlight. The results are compelling: the synth-wave of "Get Up Get Out" beckons the stay-at-home crowd out into a city's summer night, the dark "When the Lights Went Out" haunts with a dirty bass line and Crisp's grim vocals, and "I Better Run" channels '80s dub with dark keyboard washes to tell a sinister stroy of an extended family out to get an inheritance. It may sound ridiculous, but it works wonderfully. Get show info here.

[streaming] The Rosebuds - Night of the Furies (entire album)

Saturday night at The Subterranean, Merge artists The Clientele will no doubt make the journey from London to Chicago worth your while. With last month's God Save the Clientele, Alasdair Maclean takes the best of The Monkees, mixes in some intense strings, and pulls off a pop concoction that could be the best easy listen of the summer. It's already gleaned a Best New Music from Pitchfork, so the hipsters will certainly be there in force. But don't let scensters discourage you - the music is so pretty, it's worth braving the tight pants crowd for a chance to listen to the soaring melodies of "Here Comes the Phantom," the swelling strings of "Bookshop Cassonova," or the dripping reverb of "Nothing But Sunshine." Go depressed, leave encouraged and probably determined to get tighter pants. Get some show specifics here.

[streaming] The Clientele - God Save the Clientele (entire album)

 
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