Staff Pick: Stardeath and White Dwarfs keeps it all in the family
Dennis Coyne, bandleader of Stardeath and White Dwarfs, doesn't seem to have any desire to distance himself from his well-known uncle, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. The two Coynes teamed up in 2010 to cover Pink Floyd's classicThe Dark Side of the Moon track for track (with some additional help from Henry Rollins and Peaches). Then in 2012 the two bands joined forces again to cover King Crimson'sIn the Court of the Crimson King, dubbing the reinterpretationPlaying Hide and Seek with the Ghosts of Dawn.
That should give you an idea of what this psychedelic Oklahoma City band sounds like. Most recently, Stardeath and White Dwarfs released a split EP with current tourmate Casket Girls. "Now you know what it's like to be alone," Coyne repeats in mantra-like fashion over blown-out guitars on the EP's "Egostatic." He then lets the distortion fade gracefully as light percussion and a clean, chiming guitar change any ideas you had about where the song was heading. That tendency to defy expectations should keep this show consistently entertaining.
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15
2507 Summit St., Old North
Also playing: Casket Girls, Hospital Ships