Tiger! Tiger!

The Kind of Goodnight (Chicken Ranch)

SXSW Platters

Tiger! Tiger!

The Kind of Goodnight (Chicken Ranch)

Don't let the indie-pop surface trappings fool you. There's something sinister about Atlanta's Tiger! Tiger! The quintet's ? & the Mysterians-style organ swirls and tawdry B-movie themes deliver easy prey to vocalist/guitarist Buffi Aguero, who sings like Chrissie Hynde's sneering kid sister raised on a steady diet of the Shangri-Las. The Kind of Goodnight is thick with dark-hearted contagions sticking to your subconscious. "Black Daggers" finds the bull's-eye on the inflamed language of the spurned souping up its finger-popping indignation, while "How Much Can You Take" captures the restless ennui of freshly killed romance. Aguero's kiss-off parade takes a lighter, beat-happy tone on "Cheap Imitation," an irresistible hip-shaker with an unexpected sax solo at the bridge from guitarist Shane Pringle. As Tiger! Tiger! toggles between vulnerability and menace, only ice-water veins avoid getting ensnared in their web of hooks. (Wednesday, March 12, Light Bar, 10pm.)

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