Murder By Death 

Feb. 17, VAC

Naming your band after a 1976 comedic parody guarantees that a few people will check you out based on curiosity alone. But one listen to Indiana-based Murder By Death and inquisitiveness turns into a search for more.

For more than a decade, the foursome has been pounding out layered post-punk that incorporates a Wild West-esque Americana with distorted guitar and rhythms that speed up and slow down like an opened vein pumping blood. Cello hangs heavy in the air in the title track from their 2010 release, Good Morning, Magpie, while "Kentucky Bourbon," "As Long as There Is Whiskey In the World" and "You Don't Miss Twice (When You're Shaving With a Knife)" wouldn't be out of place in a saloon or a vaudeville show.

Murder by Death will be joined at VAC by The Builders and the Butchers, and Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets for a night that of music that is anything but parody.

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