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Ought, Priests 

When: Thu., May 12, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $12-$14


"Beautiful Blue Sky," the best song on last year's Sun Coming Down, the second album from Montreal post-punk revivalists Ought, consists of eight minutes that could last a lifetime. The song itself is simple, a consistently buoyant beat springing upward beneath guitars pulled taut like Television's and gentle keyboards floating like a humid summer's haze; the band sits still, occasionally growing loud but mostly shaping a canvas for the urban discomfort of observer, poet, and speak-singer Tim Darcy. He details and repeats images from the city that both woo him and make him a little weary—beautiful landscapes and days pocked by condos and industry, sun on his shoulder that helps him hope he's more than a piece of a machine. "I'm no longer afraid to die/'cause that is all I have left," he stammers in the chorus. But then the guitar lifts, his voice lifts, and he takes a moment to reconsider. "And I'm no longer afraid to dance tonight/'cause that is all that I have left. Yes! Yes!" In a moment, that is the crux of Ought, a band wrestling with existence by making rock music smart enough to ponder it and sharp enough to move to. Priests open. —Grayson Haver Currin

KINGS, RALEIGH 8:30 p.m., $12–$14, www.kingsbarcade.com

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