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This summer The Raveonettes went surf — well, more surf than usual — with an out-of-nowhere album called Pe'ahi (after a Hawaiian surf spot nicknamed “Jaws”) that's soaked in white-noise wave sounds and bubbling with knowing references to Davie Allan and The Beach Boys. The “classic” Raveonettes are still in there, especially on a song such as “A Hell Below,” but there are some unexpected things happening, like the David Axelrod–esque drums-and-xylophone beat on “Wake Me Up.” There are some potent and powerful ideas swimming around in Pe'ahi, and a bittersweet mood at work beneath the distortion. So let's call it the Santo & Johnny & Jesus & Mary Chain: an album made for a night dive in the kind of sea that can get rough with no warning.

Wed., Sept. 24, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/24/14)

LA Weekly