The Raveonettes

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The Raveonettes (Los Angeles)
Art Rock/Pop

The Raveonettes create atmosphere as if they were trying to terraform a dead planet. Over the course of their last six albums, the Danish duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have walked on the wild/dark side with a sinister joy and sheets of noisy beauty that are heightened by the brilliant simplicity and honesty with which they execute their often gut-wrenching songs. Who can forget their hair-raising “Boys Who Rape (Should Be Destroyed)”? The Raveonettes’ new album, Pe’ahi, represents an expansion of their sonic palette, but they remain laser focused on slicing through the bullshit to expose the brooding, beating heart of humanity with music that stings and soothes in equal measure.

YDIIYD: The Jesus and Mary Chain translating The Everly Brothers’ songbook in a church sanctuary. (BB)