Cult of Youth, Pharmakon 

When: Sat., Nov. 10, 9 p.m. 2012

What: 

A coffeehouse, with its attendant associations of impassioned speechifying, seems the ideal place to take in Cult of Youth. Sean Ragon leads the band; his songs emphasize the protest angle of postmillennial folk music while incorporating tinges of post-punk and goth flavoring. The project originated as a one-man operation, but it's now fleshed out with a full band, meaning the sound has evolved into a texturally complex affair augmented with violin and throbbing bass. Ragon's long-lined lyrics and feverish baritone call to mind Nick Cave, while the churn of rustic rhythms ground his dark, cathartic chants in the skiffle idiom, with rousing choruses that achieve grandeur. —David Klein

Cult of Youth

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