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Raveonettes Member Picks 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., June 23, 10 p.m. 2012

If the gods truly smiled on nostalgia, the post-White Stripes rock duo playing arena shows across the U.S. wouldn't be hacky cheeselords the Black Keys—it'd be Denmark's supersexy Raveonettes. Over the course of five albums and an equal number of EPs, they've never lost sight of their calling: to reproduce the swoony simplicity of pre-psychedelia rock 'n' roll, topped with an extra couple layers of reverb and distortion. They started off with an even more narrowly defined mission, producing brief, punchy tunes that collide girl groups, the Everly Brothers, and a handful of postpunk noisemakers—and sometimes taking the extra step of establishing aesthetic rules for their recordings, such as writing all of an album's songs in B-minor. But on recent releases the Raveonettes have given themselves room to spread out. Last year's Raven in the Grave was sweepingly gorgeous and woefully overlooked, and the new EP Into the Night (The Orchard)—one of several produced by legendary Brill Building songwriter Richard Gottehrer—is more direct but equally beautiful. —Miles Raymer Secret Colours open. See Sunday for info on Raveonette's set at the Green Music Fest.

Price: $18

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