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Nothing, Wrong, Culture Abuse

When: Tue., July 5, 7:30 p.m. 2016

TUESDAY, JULY 5

NOTHING

You may find yourself swooning and swaying to "Everyone Is Happy," a late-album stunner on Tired of Tomorrow, the new LP from Philadelphia shoegaze romantics Nothing. Acoustic guitars sweep by in light, flange-heavy waves. Electric guitars break through the mix, refracted by reverb like bright light by a prism. And a piano softly echoes the melody between murmured verses. But as with everything Nothing touches, the layers beneath the alluring pillow-top textures are rock hard, conveying the kind of unflinching nihilism that the band's name suggests. "Kneeling and praying are the same," sings Nicky Palermo, the song so gentle it suggests The Go-Betweens in repose. "You're just begging, and that's a sin." Nothing borrow liberally from their forebears sonically, but there's an unflinching candor to their work that feels new, raw, and, in this frightening sociopolitical moment, entirely appropriate. —Grayson Haver Currin

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL, DURHAM7:30 p.m., $14–$16, www.motorcomusic.com

Price: $14-$16

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