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When: Thu., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. 2015

For the third year in a row Douglas Pearce stops by Reggie’s with his storied postpunk-turned-postindustrial act Death in June, a band not without controversy (the name, for instance, refers to June 30, 1934, the “Night of the Long Knives,” during which Hitler orchestrated a number of political assassinations). The group’s use of Nazi imagery has placed their political ideals under scrutiny for 30-plus years, and even caused the cancellation of a 2003 show at the Empty Bottle. But they’re also not without heaps of merit, and are widely credited as the pioneer of the neofolk subgenre. Though many fans mourn the recent passing of percussionist John Murphy, it’s worth noting that for this go-round Pearce is joined onstage by Miro Snejdr, a Slovakian pianist-composer who captured his attention after posting a selection of Death in June covers on YouTube. Pearce enlisted Snejdr for 2010’s Peaceful Snow, and the two have been collaborating in studio and onstage since. Reflecting the pair’s posture of late, this performance will be intimate and piano driven, supplemented by bits of accordion and auxiliary percussion—and the requisite masks and runes, of course.

Erin Osmon

Price: $40, $30 in advance

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