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Wednesday, Jul 2 2014

Like last year's Sky Ferreira album, Damon McMahon's third LP as Amen Dunes is rather matter-of-fact in its cover-art representation of naked female breasts. Then the similarity ends. McMahon, whose earlier work tended toward the freak end of the folk spectrum, has bestowed a more measured, collaborative sensibility on his songwriting, but Love is still a work of fractured, ruminative, vaguely occult wanderer-pop carried along by drone and drift, bits of melodic brightness piercing here and there through modern-times gloom. Just as Love channels a novel wealth of influences through its reverb-soaked filter (including turns from saxophonist Colin Stetson and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), McMahon's vibe will be complemented at Rickshaw by opening sets from Axxa/Abraxas, the nom de bruit of Georgia longhair Ben Asbury, and local quartet VANIISH, a moody swirl fronted by ex-Soft Moon drummer Keven Tecon.

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