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When: Sun., Aug. 9, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $7
The quietly industrious and mightily consistent locals in Halcyonaire recently released World Afire, a deeply rewarding five-song EP of Americana-dusted indie rock. On it, the band uses the pedal-steel melancholy and locomotive snare of country-rock convention, offset by synthetic flourishes and passages of dissonant guitar. “Miss Lonesome” is the sort of soul-inflected piano ballad that’s typically attempted by overconfident performers, but Halcyonaire’s poise and formalism makes it a highlight. If Halcyonaire brings to mind Wilco, it’s not just for being somewhat alt-country. Rather, the Chicago band reveres live performance, hashing out different arrangements as an ensemble, and a similar sense of hard-earned group nuance comes through on this latest group of songs. Halcyonaire appears in concert at the Night Light on Sunday (311 Broadway, Oakland).
— Sam Lefebvre


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