When: Thu., Sept. 15, 9:30 p.m. 2011
I have a long-running infatuation with Mazzy Star's tragically underappreciated 1990 debut, She Hangs Brightly, and it's part of the reason I love bands that combine easygoing retro-pop, shadowy psychedelic drone, and serene, kinda gypsy-sounding female vocals. So I was quite pleased when I came across Tacoma-born trio Widowspeak, and I'm willing to bet they share some of my love for Brightly. The centerpiece of their recent self-titled debut on Captured Tracks is Molly Hamilton's gorgeous voice, which drifts languidly across the songs but never feels in danger of dissipating. Producer Jarvis Taveniere (of microfamous indie band Woods) wisely chose to keep the sounds surrounding Hamilton's singing simple: a twangy, tremolo-laden lead guitar, a chunkier rhythm guitar, genteel drums, and lots and lots of reverb. —Miles Raymer Vivian Girls headline; Widowspeak and Nones open.