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Blackstone Rngrs, Feb. 19, The Crux

North Texas fuzzy synth pop

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Blackstone Rngrs, Feb. 19, The Crux

This is short notice, but if you dig fuzzy synth pop, consider changing whatever plans you have tonight and heading to The Crux to catch North Texas-based trio Blackstone Rngrs opening for locals Blvrred Vision (this is a Duck Club Presents show). On the band's upcoming EP, Descendant (Saint Marie Records, Feb. 25, 2014), singer Ruth Smith's vocals echo not only across an aural soundscape but a temporal one as well: In the band's bio, comparisons include some old-school names like Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Jesus and Mary Chain. And although Blackstone Rngrs' music would be right at home on most any John Hughes film soundtrack, the band's Smith, Daniel Bornhorst and Derek Kutzer give the layered synth sound a 21st century update.

Opening for Blvrred Vision, with Avtale, 7 p.m., $5. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., facebook.com/thecruxoffeeshop.com. http://blackstonerangers.bandcamp.com/

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