I'll bet a whole bunch of you are planning on seeing venerable elder statesman of punk rock Keith Morris and his new outfit, OFF!, tonight at Exit/In, am I right? Gold put together a pretty fine piece on that one. But if that's not your speed, there's another solid show going down at The Basement this evening as well, and that one will feature the darkly gorgeous sounds of Baltimore indie duo Wye Oak. Let the words of Mr. Steve Haruch be your guide:
Somewhere between what might happen if Autolux went folk and Heartless Bastards went shoegaze, there’s Wye Oak. In a live setting, Andy Stack keeps every fiber of his being busy — manning drums and keyboard simultaneously — while Jenn Wosner guides the songs with dusky vocals and guitar work that’s commanding but never showy. An overachieving enigma of a band, the Baltimore duo gets more from their 20 combined fingers than most bands manage from a whole gang of digits, able to pull off everything from aching country feedback to tidal wave-sized rock-outs, often in the span of a single song. Their performance at the Merge Records showcase at South by Southwest was a highlight, and here’s hoping the band’s recent appearance on Fallon helped earn them the larger audience they deserve. It’d be less than smart to miss catching them in such an intimate venue. —STEVE HARUCH
Oh hey, also: Wye Oak provided that song that's in the trailer for Season 2 of AMC's mad-decent zombie serial, The Walking Dead (trailer also embedded after the jump). Talk about solid mood-setting music for zombie bloodspray and brain-matter spatter. Kink Ador opens tonight's show at The Basement, and $7 will get you in.