Of the Wand and the Moon, Die Weisse Rose, Blood & Sun, Vril Jager | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., April 2, 9 p.m. 2016

There’s long been a rich tradition of acoustic guitars in goth music, with the black-clad crowd revering bands like Death in June and Current 93 for their folk-noir approach in what’s perhaps a welcome respite from the gnashing, industrial body music of moldy goth bars. Having previously recorded with doom band Saturnus, Kim Larsen has spent the last 15 years strumming his guitar and penning lyrics about Satan, the nihilism of romantic love, and fields of dying flowers for the project :Of the Wand and the Moon: (colons intentional). Larsen delights in crafting bummer fairy tales, and the chasm of his heartbreaking lyrics runs so deep and dark that it could only come from fiction—but he’s a bard only in the storyteller sense. The torment he describes is frightfully real, though we’re never likely to find a dead lover within a ghostly cathedral ruin. It’s romance from the most orthodox end: there’s a yearning for the mystical realm to open up and swallow our existence whole, and a suffering that comes with realizing it’s impossible. Larsen’s world of demonic butterflies and fiery seraphim may never overtake our own, but his carpeting voice acts as a gentle enough guide. Tonight’s highly anticipated show is sure to turn out the city’s most refined goths, trailing their incense auras behind them.

Meagan Fredette

Price: $15 suggested donation

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