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Weekend music: Two bands to get under your skin

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Weekend music: Two bands to get under your skin


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Remember Tucson’s singer/songwriter Kaia Chesney? If you don’t, here’s a little refresher course: Her work was marked by acoustic-based instrumentation, earnest lyrics and melodies, fitting fairly easily with contemporary Americana artists. If her previous music was reminiscent of the easy-breezy tides that rolled up on the beach in 1970s Los Angeles, her new project, BRYDES — a duo with collaborator Robbie Williamson and with Chesney undergoing a post-marriage name change to Kaia Mazza — focuses on big lights, big city sound of L.A. in the ‘80s, not unlike Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night,” from 1987.

While acts who are ostensibly indie-rock have been taking inspiration from the ‘80s since, well, the mid-’90s, it’s usually been tempered by irony or derived from uncommercial or at the time under-appreciated sources. And even Taylor Swift, the biggest of them all, released a record — “1989” — that appropriated certain signposts of the decade’s pop music through an unmistakably current lens.

BRYDES jump in all the way, with huge, glistening synths and percolating hi-hat rhythms, punctuated by Mazza’s huge voice, ready-made in this context for the archetypal big ‘80s MTV anthem — even her whispers register on the projection screen TV.

BRYDES released its debut EP, “Turquoise,” back in March, but the twosome will be performing an all-ages set at Club Congress on Friday, with Lydia and WLFPCK. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are between $13 and $15.

New face in hell

In the last year, no new local rock ‘n’ roll band has gotten under my skin like Whispering Wires. The quartet, led by singer/guitarist John Polle, is “new” in name and material only, with each member having played with Lenguas Largas or Discos in the past, with Free Machines drummer Johnnie Rinehart playing bass guitar. Although, the faces may be familiar and the clanging beauty of Whispering Wires belies its personnel’s past and current genealogy, the sound the instruments make when they collide with one another is fresh, affecting and potent.

I experienced the group's ringing and, well, wire-y (more in line with the implications of the word than the band, although a set with “Chairs Missing”-era Wire would be a pretty great match) postpunk a few weeks back on my birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better soundtrack to a celebration than Whispering Wires, who recently finished a debut album. They are scheduled to perform on Friday at The Flycatcher with out-of-towners Mr. Gnome and Tucson’s incredible Katterwaul. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are between $10 and $12.

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Other shows worth perusing this week include: Honor Roll Gang presents DJ Mother Tierra with Marley B at Bison Witches, Friday; Stripped Down: An Acoustic Showcase with 12 yet-to-be named acts at The Rock, Saturday; The Distortionists, The Gunrunners, Dagmar and Fire by Rank at The Runway Bar & Grill, Saturday; Jazz Telephone and Ohioan at Che’s Lounge, Saturday; Jess Matsen and Celeste Amadee at Ermano’s, Sunday; Cosmonauts, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, The Myrrors and Kim and the Created at Club Congress, Sunday; Brass Tax, Carbon Canyon, The Fine Constant and Maid Myriad at Sky Bar, Sunday; and Louise Le Hir and Spindrift at Solar Culture, Tuesday.


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