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Indian Jewelry, Chandeliers, Bitchin' Bajas Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., June 16, 10 p.m. 2010

I'd heard some complaints about Indian Jewelry having "gone electronic" on their new album, which seemed an odd thing to complain about for a band that's always used synthesizers. Then I listened to Totaled (We Are Free) and sort of got it. There are still guitars and drums, but they're mixed low, providing support for electronics far more complex and prominent than anything the band's done before. They've replaced their expansive desert psychedelia with something more claustrophobic, effectively trading the aural equivalent of a bad trip on Spahn Ranch for a bad trip in a seedy German nightclub. Like a lot of their fans I prefer the former, but I'm getting along fine with their new approach. It still sounds deeply ominous (one of the group's best qualities), and having another excellent band, alongside acts like Zola Jesus and Blessure Grave, reviving an aggressively fucked-up strain of goth music is totally OK with me. —Miles Raymer

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