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Dungen, Birds of Avalon

When: Sun., June 12, 8 p.m. 2016



About a decade ago, Dungen—a young psychedelic band from Stockholm, unafraid to indulge narcotized acoustic folk and screeching electric vamps within the same song—broke through to American audiences on the strength of the audacious and adventurous Ta det lugnt. The press raved, while Dungen headlined clubs, nabbed marquee festival spots, and signed to Kemado Records, a then-vogue New York label. Since, though, consistency and refinement have hamstrung the spread of Dungen's rock gospel; they've issued a series of excellent, perhaps peerless records that have twisted and tweaked that admixture in seemingly infinite ways. The initial buzz has faded, with Dungen prematurely aging into legacy status. But last year's Allas Sak is actually one of the most compelling moments in the band's career. Led by the chiming pop dream "Sista Festen" and capped by the organ-roar-and-acid-wash reverie "Sova," these ten tracks find Dungen examining all the corners of its sound, becoming more obtuse and more accessible within the same generous frame. Raleigh's Birds of Avalon are perfectly paired as openers. —Grayson Haver Currin

KINGS, RALEIGH8 p.m., $15, www.kingsbarcade.com

Price: $15

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