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Photo Gallery: The Black Angels/A Place To Bury Strangers at Madrid Theatre

The Black Angels
Tuesday night at Madrid Theatre marked the return of veteran Austin, Texas rock band The Black Angels. Touring on new album "Death Song," the band performed over an hour of brooding psych rock to an enthusiastic crowd. The fact that a group like The Black Angels, a group dedicated to nuance and an appreciation of the fundamentals, can amass such a passionate crowd speaks volumes. No rockstar attitudes or arena-sized anthems were necessary for this show to succeed, just a solid set of songs and numerous colorful video projections.

A Place To Bury Strangers was tasked with opening the show. The New York City trio won over the audience with a moody and angular combination of noise rock and post-punk. Fog often enveloped drummer Lia Simone Braswell and blinding strobe lights were employed, creating a monochromatic and altogether eerie energy that nearly eclipsed the night's headliner. The set concluded with a cart being rolled out onto the venue's floor. The three musicians huddled around it, mashing at the buttons of a drum machine and singing into a microphone on it, illuminated only by LED lights attached to the contraption itself.

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