You know how you know a band’s had a rough go of it? When the OTT Scary Movie-isms of witch house were the least embarrassing genre they got stuck (well, stuck themselves) with. But maybe CREEP were just before their time. Brooklyn’s Lauren Dillard and Lauren Flax were mining trip-hop (Echoes goes relatively deep, featuring a between-comebacks Tricky and of all people Lou Rhodes from Lamb) two years before everyone finally admitted that’s what all those Weeknd and chillwave and “witchy” records basically were. And more to the point: CREEP transcends the shtick. Much like another electronic duo from across the pond, Disclosure, Dillard and Flax work best when arranging elaborate shrouds around unexpected guests: Rhodes, performance-auteur Planningtorock, the perennially underrated Nina Sky, and even Sia, who after endless Guetta and Flo Rida bosh proves she was at one point haunting. They play Glasslands January 7; AEON Rings and Narcisse open. Expect vibes.
Tue., Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m., 2014