Young Widows, Helms Alee, Pygmy Lush | Kings | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Young Widows, Helms Alee, Pygmy Lush

When: Fri., May 23, 9 p.m. 2014

A popular rejoinder of contentious music nerds is that, inevitably, a band's earlier stuff is their best stuff, too—before they sold out, man, back when they were all about the music. Examples of this abound, sure, but isn't it more satisfying to watch a band get better, turning a web of once-inchoate influences and ideas into an identifiable, unmistakable sound? That's the case for tourmates Helms Alee and Young Widows, who, after a decade of making good but stylistically indecisive records, have released two of the year's best and most cohesive rock records. On Sleepwalking Sailors, Seattle trio Helms Alee surrounds sharp, radio-ready hooks in heavy metal hostility and volume, making sing-alongs and shout-alongs seem synonymous. And on their new Easy Pain, Kentucky three-piece Young Widows finally thread their post-hardcore, goth rock and stoner metal influences into one compelling, momentous listen. Its "Kerosene Girl," a dark and delirious dance number about romantic pyromania, is a perfect rock 'n' roll thrill. With Pygmy Lush.—Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $10-$12

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