Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter are wisely restrained when it comes to booking local shows. There are only a handful of opportunities to catch them conjuring their magic each year, so tonight’s performance is truly an event. For their last show of the decade, they’ll be unveiling several new songs from the stunning new album they’ve been writing and recording throughout this summer and fall. Working with darkly atmospheric producer Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Boris) was a brilliant plan; the rough mixes I’ve heard sound like the best work they’ve done since their 2002 debut, Reckless Burning. Sykes’ voice sounds naturally warm and guitarist Phil Wandscher is clearly operating at the top of his game. Throw the mournful—occasionally epic—rollicking of the Moondoggies into the mix and you have an ideal double-bill. With Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs. All ages. HANNAH LEVIN

Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., 2009

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