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Local shoegaze unit Dim dance in the dark on Stereo 45


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Chicago four-piece Dim make the kind of shoegaze that’s allergic to the daylight. The damp and brooding industrial clang of the group’s new 12-inch, Stereo 45 (Rotted Tooth), occasionally lights up subbasements with piercing strobes, but I find it hard to believe that the members of Dim could even make out the outlines of their footwear through so much fuzz. Many bands that have resurrected the style in recent years appear content with transforming the walls of sound associated with the genre into music that echoes its predecessors but drains some of its earlier color; Dim embrace grit and grim. This harsh buzz endows the group’s hooks with real weight even during their brightest moments. A light touch of sparkling synths on “Anyone Anymore” reverberates light amid a swirling hum, and also provides a blissful dance pulse (which, like any good dancefloor-worthy electronic track, feels like it ends much too soon). Dim are one of two groups celebrating new releases tonight; openers Luggage (whose drummer, Luca Cimarusti, is the Reader’s music listings guru), just dropped a cassette called Three through indie mainstay Don Giovanni.   v

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