Rock & Pop

Savages/Head Wound City

When: Wed., May 18, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Listening to the post-punk of Savages is like watching a tornado approach your home: the deafening roar of destruction in the distance signals the impending demolition of your most basic comforts and complacencies. Guitars groan, reel, and gnash violently while singer Jehnny Beth, a classically-trained opera singer, restrains them with her exorcising incantations. After seducing critics and fans alike with the complex social commentary of their 2013 debut, Silence Yourself, Savages wasn’t sure what to do when Beth started writing about a more “delicate” subject: love. But love isn’t always a sultry summer sunset; primal desire and rejection can be bone-crushing tidal waves. According to the manifesto that accompanies Adore Life, the album advocates for self-satisfaction in love and in life, which often requires skirting society’s obligations and expectations. The band has played many auditoriums, but tonight it’ll summon from a more intimate stage. (Kaufman)

Price: $20

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