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Monday, March 29, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Past Lives

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM

The first wave of post-Blood Brothers releases was a bit disappointing. Each one played more like a watered-down take on the band’s signature sound rather than something new. With Tapestry of Webs, Past Lives finally step out of their former band’s shadow. The quartet plays with stripped-down and eerie dynamics throughout the record: Guitar tones are shimmering and chilly, the rhythm section is skeletal and clattering. Listening to Past Lives is like standing in an abandoned, cavernous warehouse that creaks and groans, as singer Jordan Billie whispers pleas and shouts come-ons to the dark. He may not get any response, but this one-way conversation is well worth hearing. Past Lives play Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576) at 9 p.m., with Air Waves, Spacer Ace and Dock Ellis opening. Tickets: $5. — Matt Whelihan

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