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When: Tue., May 13, 9 p.m. 2014

Baltimore duo Wye Oak began their life as a folk-rock act with a thing for blown-out, shoegaze-style guitar tones—their reputation-making 2009 album The Knot sounded like Crazy Horse reincarnated as a stripped-down, female-fronted dream-pop band. But despite these early trad-rock tendencies, singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer-keyboardist Andy Stack hardly number among the antimodernist reactionaries who’ve come out of the woodwork during the current folk boom. In the years since The Knot their sound has evolved so dramatically that in a blind listen it’d be difficult to tell that their new LP is the work of the same people. Shriek (Merge) ditches guitars for synths and abandons rootsiness in favor of gauzy electronic textures and dance-inflected rhythms—it borrows from old Kate Bush and Siouxsie & the Banshees records, not to mention contemporary artists like Grimes who’ve been reviving that style. As radical as Wye Oak’s makeover has been, though, the new record feels of a piece with the rest of their output—their embrace of slightly tweaky synth sounds hasn’t diluted their ability to conjure up a sad but swoony mood. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20, $18 in advance

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