This show: Blank Realm tonight at the Burlington

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Blank Realm
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  • Blank Realm
The newest album from Brisbane's Blank Realm, Go Easy (Fire), is no straightforward listen—a fact that actually doubles as one of its most distinct peculiarities and one of its most magnetic qualities. It teeters on bluesy skuzz-punk one moment, psych-infused indie pop another, and has a chaotic and raucous groove throughout that loosely ties together each of its eight songs. Yet another win for Australia, a continent with its finger currently on the pulse of artsy outsider garage punk.

Below are the album's first two tracks: the electric opener "Acting Strange"—a noisy, crunchy stomper that includes a background of anxiety-inducing bleeps and bloops—and "Cleaning Up My Mess," which with its hazy slow burn of reverb and tropical guitar is a nice sedative to temper the nerves created by its predecessor.

Blank Realm headlines a stacked show tonight at the Burlington, with Apache Dropout, Thee Tsunamis, and Uh Bones opening. Doors are at 9 PM and the cover is a $7 suggested donation. You should go.

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