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The Bilinda Butchers @ Swedish American Hall 

Wednesday, Jun 8 2016
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It's one thing to share a musical hero with your bandmates; it's quite another to name your band after said musical hero. Enter San Francisco's The Bilinda Butchers, named in homage of Bilinda Butcher, the guitarist for shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine. The lineage isn't perfectly straight, as The Bilinda Butchers are dreamier and more pop-oriented than their namesake band, but they share an affinity for droned-out guitars and layered, evocative vocals. Their latest full-length release, Heaven, is a concept-album-cum-soundtrack in the form of a diary about a young Japanese woman who falls in love with a poet while trapped in an arranged marriage to a cruel nobleman. (Spoiler alert: The poet dies shortly after the pair are discovered, and she drowns herself to join him in the afterlife.) The record is resonating on both sides of the Pacific, as the trio just wrapped an eight-date jaunt through China and Taiwan, and plan to head east again in July to play their way through Japan. Until then, catch them on this side of Honolulu for the last time for the foreseeable future.

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