When: Wed., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. 2012
She may sound like a pupil of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Natasha Khan's school of hypnotic, shadowy electro, but Dania Luck (aka one-woman band Stacian) makes music with a different emphasis: she's more interested in tense, heady swells of synthesizers than in tauntingly beautiful vocal melodies. On her debut album, Songs for Cadets (Moniker), Luck uses her sparse, wobbly, reverberating singing as a secondary or even tertiary instrument—the track "Sunlight," for instance, has a handful of simultaneous synth melodies, and she traces just one of with unintelligible, echo-drenched yeeps and yelps. Because the focus of Songs for Cadets is on the thumping, chunky beats, it's basically a celestial, gothy dance album. One of its best tracks, "Orbit," relies on an ascending synth that slashes through the mix like a switchblade—it wouldn't sound out of place at a dimly lit underground club populated both by the helplessly hip in dapper shoes and by the eyelinered and multiply pierced all-in-black set. Tonight's show is billed as "A Night Out With Moniker Records," and the bill is made up of acts from the label's roster; founder Robert Cole Manis will spin records. —Kevin Warwick Jealousy headlines; Ono & John Bellows, Lazy, Stacian, and the Hecks open.
Price: $10, $8 in advance