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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tonight: Beach House with Dustin Wong

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM


On their 2006 self-titled debut, Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand opened up their blurry dollhouse dreamworld, a minimal mix of teacup organs, slide guitar and pitter-pat drum machines, with Legrand's haunting, Christine McVie-like voice. It glimpsed the raw, dark pop of The Magnetic Fields, and the lovesick slow dances of Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo and artists you save for late-summer rainy days indoors.

Beach House cleaned up its low tech delicacy but kept its melancholic pop on follow-ups Devotion (2008) and Teen Dream (2010), both released to critical acclaim. With the band's 2012 album Bloom (Sub Pop), the Baltimore duo's dream pop reaches lush, golden heights — download opening track "Myth" here. Below, watch the video for the decidedly room-filling, ultra-bright "Lazuli":

Dustin Wong, formerly of Ecstatic Sunshine and equally ecstatic Ponytail, creates finely detailed textures based on guitar loops, ranging from sugar high bliss to focused lightning bolts of charged guitar music. Download his track "Japan" here. His latest album is Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, out on Thrill Jockey.

Beach House and Dustin Wong perform at 8 p.m. tonight at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.).

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