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| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

If ever there was an emo band you had to see live to “get it,” this is that emo band. Formed in 2009 in Willimantic, Connecticut, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die has almost as many band members as it does words in its name, and everybody brings something to the stage.

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Helmed first by Thomas Diaz (and second by the pulverizing desperation in us all), TWIABP blend lazy mid-90s twinkle with post-rock shoegaze akin to Explosions in the Sky. The resulting tango between urgency and minimalism gives the impression not so much of screaming one’s lungs out atop a mountain, but of whimpering mightily—which is close! And boy, can TWIABP make a lot of sound.

Should you swing by Bottom Lounge tomorrow (Into It. Over It. headlines) expect to hear all manner of musical instruments—guitar, cello, horn, synthesizer—competing for a spot in TWIABP’s hyper-layered soundscape.

@ Bottom Lounge, Chicago: 6 p.m. Saturday 3/1 ($13)

– Matt Pollock

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