Bruxa, Textbeak, Nightmare Fortress, Rxch Wxtch

When: Wed., Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m. 2013

Among the recent explosion of darkwave bands, Seattle's Nightmare Fortress (Alicia Amiri, Blair Field, Cassidy Gonzales, and Colin Roper) stand out in their ability to forge an original and memorable sound. Amiri's powerful voice drips silky warmth over driving distorted guitars, synthesizers, and industrialized beats, creating a darkly sensual atmosphere. Each song on their latest release, Until the Air Runs Out, is stylistic and haunting, calling up memories of foggy streets and long-lost horror films. Another ingenious addition to the Sweating Tapes label, the band retains a danceable quality while still seeming like they are conjuring up spells in a wild alchemical experiment. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

Price: $5

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