When: Tue., Sept. 10, 9 p.m. 2013
Chelsea Wolfe's songs—melodically delicate, sonically dense—occupy the space between gothic ambience and nightmarish noise. Droning synths are diffused by ethereal strings. Caustically creeping effects evaporate in the light of her vocal serenity. Her songs key on deep anxieties and profound fears, but they never catch fire; sparks flare, but they're quickly doused. Wolfe prefers to simmer, allowing emotions to linger luxuriously rather than expelling them with force.
Dallas band True Widow is a remarkably good fit as Wolfe's opening act. On their new LP, Circumambulation, they recast shoegazing expanses with sinewy Southern sludge. The songs ebb and flow slowly and tremendously. Like a molten river, they move patiently but hint at incredible power. As with Wolfe, True Widow excels at conjuring a sense of dread—they just let it solidify into something far more crushing. —Jordan Lawrence