Preview: 2:54 at The Basement

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From the June 14, 2012 edition

Not all sister acts are the sort that send Whoopi Goldberg’s hands to the heavens. Some of them are dark, moody and British.

Such is the case with 2:54, one of the buzziest bands in the blogosphere. They’ll touch down at The Basement this Saturday in support of their self-titled Fat Possum debut.

The Thurlow sisters are tight with The xx, and their music strikes a similarly it’s-always-rainy-in-our-world pose. But opposed to The xx’s studied minimalism, 2:54 gets all Depeche Mode with lush synth landscapes. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many healthy songs grazing those pastures; theirs wouldn’t be my brooding ground of choice.

Widowspeak opens Saturday’s show.