Nocturne

With its oppressive heat and its government’s overuse of the mercy seat, Texas provides a perfect breeding ground for death-obsessed malcontents. Nocturne, the cream of the Texas goth crop, adds erotic allure to its aggressive concoctions. Seductive singer Lacey Conner leads unwitting victims into a churning maelstrom of programmed drums, combative rhythms and buzzing guitars, but her graceful delivery numbs the blows, allowing listeners to escape exhilarated yet unscathed. Showgoers beware: There will be no sympathetic siren to help spectators weather the assault of headlining act Bile.

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