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Pattern Is Movement, Wye Oak

Sun., July 6, 8pm   get tickets

The Parish
214 E. Sixth, 512/473-8381

http://www.theparishaustin.com

Once a band establishes a working sound, it can be a precarious move to suddenly scrap it and rebuild. Wye Oak are risk-takers. 2011’s lauded Civilian seemed to solidify the folk-rock ways of Baltimore’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, but the pair felt confined by guitar-centered songwriting and swapped their six-strings for synthesizers on April’s virtually guitarless fourth album, Shriek. Happily, the duo’s now synth-sodden tunes remain rooted in Wasner’s earnest vocals, which survived the stylistic overhaul unscathed.

– Neph Basedow

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