Ancient Cities at Visulite Theatre tonight (5/26/2012)

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ANCIENT CITIES If you were a fan of Stephen Warwick before (and you should've been), buckle up - we may not be in Secondhand Stories land anymore. OK, sure, that's hyperbole and based on the one song - and a Shannon cover, at that - I've heard from his new group, Ancient Cities. Still, based on that admittedly tiny sampling, this new band relies more on the electronic elements Warwick dabbled on his marvelous debut, Talking Machine, than its organic voices of strings and trumpet. That said, this ain't no disco - Warwick's lo-fi folk guitar is prominent, and the song's wizened tempo transforms the dance floor into a far darker and lonelier venue. Frankly, it's one of the better recastings of a song you'll hear, and bodes well for a musician who deserves a much bigger audience. With Hello Handshake and Luz. $7-$10. Visulite Theatre.

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