The Black Angels

Photo by Marc Brubaker


Thu., May 18, 8 p.m. 2017
$20 to $24

Location Info:

White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
2915 N Main St.
Houston, TX  77009
Outdoor-festival favorites who traverse the blackest regions of inner space, the Black Angels prove there’s still plenty of dark psychic matter left over from ’60s forebears like the Velvet Underground or the Doors, even if the Austin quintet’s aesthetic approach is closer to the all-enveloping sonic assault of more recent ancestors The Jesus and Mary Chain or Spiritualized. The Angels don’t so much win a crowd over as lull them into submission just in time to conjure some truly terrifying waking nightmares in musical form. Between the times we live in and a work ethic that would cripple lesser bands — this latest tour is not called “Death March” for nothing — the Angels’ success seems foretold in some long-ago prophecy, now realized in their fifth album in just over a decade, the brand-new Death Song. Pregnant with foreboding and, just over the horizon, a distant glimmer of hope, sings of life too, curdled and bitter though it may be.
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