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Buke and Gase
Convicted enough in their desire for new sounds to custom-invent the instruments that give them their name, the rough-and-tumble Brooklyn band have a spooked pop swagger intended to bruise. Newer songs have neared the intensity of vintage PJ Harvey.
(POP Montreal showcase, 6/15 at Warsaw)
There are glorious left-turns in the songs of San Francisco trio Grass Widow, places where the overlapping, near-miss harmonies of their vocals cushion the jagged surf rock sounds made by their guitars. Their new album, Internal Logic, finds them moving further into pop sweetness than ever.
(Panache Booking showcase, 6/16 at the Knitting Factory)