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Ars Phoenix - Nathan Jurgenson
Nathan Jurgenson
Ars Phoenix

Sunday, July 12
Ars Phoenix

Even though the Icy synths and apathetic vocals are reminiscent of the darkwave greats before them — Bauhaus, Joy Division, et al. — Ars Phoenix make those concepts modern, kind of like what HBO’s True Blood did for vampires, but cooler. The video for “Elegant Vapor,” looks like a Lynchian nightmare (if it was recorded on an VHS fossil) with the accompanying song sounding like a warped, eerie and sluggish synth-pop jam. The noise element found in Ars Phoenix’s sound is what gives them a razor-sharp edge, along with the duality of female/male vocals. With Smokey Emery, Spokesmodel. $5, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St

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