13. Review: Plume Varia, “Fact | Fiction”
Fact | Fiction by Plume Varia
“Perception creates the line, uneven, blurred and bruised, the line where life resides,” intones David J Haskins, bassist for English post-punk band Bauhaus and producer of “Fact | Fiction” on its opening track. Thao Ngyuen, of Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, is coming to the Larimer Lounge on Sept. 14. Catch HAIM at the Ogden Theatre on Sept. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Catch Thao at the Larimer Lounge on Sept. For day walkers, its gothic melodrama feels unreal in the wrong way. Though released in July, it’s an ideal fall album, dripping with the minor keys and chilly detachment of The xx, or Haskins’ Bauhaus, an overt influence. 13. …and a review of “Fact | Fiction,” the latest from Denver’s dark electronic duo Plume Varia. LPX will perform in support. As HAIM, they transfuse the spandex-tight snap of 1980s pop through today’s L.A. The line in question is right there in the album title, the cut between reality and “reality” that Denver’s gloomy electronic duo Plume Varia spends its latest album straddling. haze, where soulmates and the self are obscured in the mist. The singer-songwriter is a volatile performer, capable of rending through an audience one moment, in a song like “Slash/Burn,” and meticulously sewing them back together the next. HAIM

It took years for Los Angeles’ Este, Danielle and Alana Haim — or just HAIM, as they call themselves — to coalesce into the glossy, world-beating pop-rock act they are today. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. But just as often, the songwriting feels routine in its dour obsessions, as in “Silver Fox,” which drapes limp poetry over a track you might hear in a spooky ’90s computer game. Dracula would dig it. Related Articles

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Thao

After canceling a date at the venue earlier this year, Thao Nguyen returns to Denver’s Larimer Lounge, solo and triumphant. The same could be said of much of “Fact | Fiction,” an aesthetic exercise that gets lost plumbing its metaphysical depths. The band cuts some genuine opal gems out of its murky, high-concept headspace here, like “At Sea,” which dresses decision paralysis in a long, dark veil. Tickets are $20-$25 via ticketfly.com. Whether on guitar or banjo, Nguyen bends her smattering of (usually fun and funky) genres to her will, which is massive. Her latest and best album, “A Man Alive,” which tackles Nguyen’s difficult relationship with her father, has her swinging between those moods, as if digesting her emotions for the first time in the studio. The sisters formed HAIM after stumbling through a stint in bubble-gum pop as painfully cheesy tween rock outfit Valli Girls and doing separate stints as backing musicians with the likes of Jenny Lewis, Julian Casablancas and Cee Lo Green. (Provided by Sacks and Co.)
Los Angeles pop-rock siblings HAIM and perspicacious songwriter Thao are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Tickets are $35-$40 and are available via axs.com.