Beneath a thick hide of melodic overtones hangs the Funeral and the Twilight's monster. It emits guttural yells and otherworldly howls, and lies in wait to sink its fangs into your precious girlfriend's pink belly. Singer Benjamin Jones mixes the gothic vibrato of Dead Science's Sam Mickens with over-the-top swooning à la Morissey, but fixes the effect without the snobbery. This is topped with music that manages to be both raw and elegant, modern and near-Gregorian. Ever moving through the Sturm und Drang, the turbulent sounds are frighteningly emotional and bitterly beautiful. Listening to the wafting creations is an experience that can shake listeners to their cores and threaten to shake free their own ghosts. 21+.
Fri., April 24, 10 p.m., 2009