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March 19, 2014 at 6:55 AM

This Will Destroy You’s doomsday post-rock at Barboza | Concert preview

This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You performs live in Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Nicholas Daughtry.

Austin’s This Will Destroy You, who play Barboza Wednesday, are often cross-referenced with Explosions in the Sky due to their shared home city and post-rock inclinations.

Yet where Explosions’ dulcet guitarscapes conveyed a certain optimism, This Will… isn’t interested in that. If the former’s music lent itself to football action and tear-jerking drama — and it did, in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” — the latter’s is better suited for long, cold walks through apocalyptic wreckage — think 2009’s “The Road.”

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September 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Dallas’ True Widow looks to the future, with a stoned gaze | Concert preview

True Widow

True Widow, from left: Nicole Estill, Dan Phillips and Timothy Starks. The Texas band plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Justin Wilson.

“Texas is a slow place,” True Widow singer-guitarist Dan Phillips says in a slow drawl over the phone. “Do I hear Texas in our music? I think so. There’s a lot of open space to do what you want to do.”

To say open space plays a critical role in the Dallas trio’s sound would be an understatement. It’s practically the fourth instrument, giving the deep, ominous tones that run through “Circumambulation” — the recent third LP from the band, which plays a sold-out show at Barboza Friday — room to breathe. (See Soundposts’ review of the album here.)

“You don’t always need a bunch of stuff in there,” says the guitarist, speaking from a tour stop in Morgantown, West Virginia. “It’s about the song, the rhythm, the feeling, the melody… not wanking on your instrument.”

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July 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Album review: True Widow “Circumambulation” (Relapse)

True Widow

True Widow, from left: Dan Phillips, Timothy Starks and Nicole Estill. Photo by Mats Ek.

Cheekily but accurately, Texan trio True Widow calls its downcast, desolate style “stonegaze.” A curious choice for a summer release, the band’s third album, “Circumambulation,” out Tuesday, is introvert musical noir best enjoyed after-hours in a pitch-dark room, or on a lonesome all-night drive.

Spartan, mantra-like and super-serious in nature, the eight-song LP carries a certain uniformity that sometimes makes its 45-minute running time seem longer, yet the presence of two distinctly different vocalists — guitarist Dan Phillips and bassist Nicole Estill — lends color and contrast, keeping it from ever sounding too bleak.

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