Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Signals Midwest/Hard Girls/Broadcaster/The Public

When: Sat., Aug. 30, 7 p.m. 2014

Last fall, Signals Midwest released Light on the Lake, a complex beast of an album that takes its time to explore both the well lit and formidably dark corners of life. In an interview with Cellar Door Cleveland last year, singer-guitarist Max Stern pointed to “the trilogy,” a cache of three tunes on the first frame of the album. If you want to hook into the main nerve of Signals Midwest’s vibe, cue up “St. Vincent Charity” and let it roll right into “The Desert to Denver” and “An Echo, A Strain.” The build in these songs is a pretty thing, particularly set against the thick, flowery chords in “St. Vincent Charity.” Then, the quick drop into “Desert” is a thing of beauty and one that plays real well while driving late-night across the burning landscapes of the Midwest. Also, for whatever it’s worth, we’re big fans of the band’s name. (Sandy)

Price: $8

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