Wye Oak

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Wye Oak’s dreamy music evokes a pastoral autumnal eve. Their shimmery unhurried rock lolls and rolls, gently unfolding and enveloping frontwoman Jenn Wasner’s husky coo in gauzy atmosphere. The milky drift’s elegant without being grandiose, while Wasner’s words and vocals are another texture in the crisp swirl of sound.

The duo formed in Baltimore eight years ago, though drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack now lives in Texas. They released three albums informed by the understated, psych-tinged beauty of The Dream Syndicate and Yo La Tengo. Their last album, 2011’s Civilian, became an underground sensation, the prickly distortion and dissonance of Wasner’s guitar the storm in the eye of soft glimmering melodies. But by the time they finished supporting the album, Wasner was burned out on guitar.

Her investment and vulnerability are integral to her writing, so rather than push against it, she switched things up for Shriek, the new Wye Oak LP, for which Wasner ditches the guitar in favor of bass, and Stack exchanges his keyboards’ basslines for upper-register color and tones. (Stack plays his kit with his feet and right hand, fingering keyboard parts simultaneously with his left.) The new approach results in a creamier sound that recalls ‘80s new wave more than ‘90s neo psych, but offers much of the same appeal with less sharp corners. The songs betray the duo’s road-burned mindset, preoccupied with comfort, identity and peace. // CHRIS PARKER

8:30pm. $16-$18. With Braids. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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Monday, May 05, 2014
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1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/05/2014. .

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