When: Thu., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. 2016
In a September interview with After Ellen, a culture site for and about lesbian and bisexual women, Des Ark founder and front woman Aimée Argote explains her curious relationship with music. “I feel more influenced by stories of my family and my friends and my community than I ever have felt about music,” she says. “I’m one of those people that eats up everything musically, but savors none of it.” That might explain why October’s Everything Dies (Graveface) sounds worlds apart from what’s being produced by the harsh punk circles she usually travels in. Argote’s resonant, quasi-symphonic pop songs speak a universal language, and anyone with a brain and nerve endings can find something to grab on to, regardless of that person’s scene, sexuality, or music preferences. On “French Fries Are Magical” Argote softly sings “I cannot believe, until you believe in me” over a nimble acoustic guitar and a glimmer of slide guitar. She expertly transforms the track from one ready to fall apart to one that courageously sweeps to a close, suggesting that it’s as much about finding strength within yourself as it is finding the right person for you.