Some bands grab you from the get-go and some sneak up on you, a slow-moving rainstorm or a creeping sadness. Widowspeak (above, performing “Right On” for Audtiotree Live) have always been in the latter category, their music a narcotic blend of indie and dream and a somewhat surprising dose of country twang. Mollie Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas have a growing catalog that, without warning, has filled out into an impressive collection, inhabiting its own sonic space, equal parts mood mover and rock and roll. Their new album, Expect the Best (stream it below), is the sound fully realized, the group operating in the studio for the first time with their touring quartet. In the live setting, Widowspeak’s slow grab is even more powerful, the atmospheric melancholy unleashed into something quite rocking. They play Rough Trade NYC this Friday for a hometown appearnce that, despite the warning, still has a good chance of sneaking up on you. Chicago trio Clearance and Brooklyn four-piece Air Waves open the show. —A. Stein | @Neddyo
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As the Brooklyn-based duo Widowspeak, Molly Hamilton (vocals and guitar) and Robert Earl Thomas (guitar) make their own brand of dreamy pop music. Their second full-length, Almanac (stream it below), arrived this past January. Filled with Hamilton’s haunting vocals, and thanks to it combining “range and focus so expertly,” Paste called “Almanac an early surprise for 2013.” And after touring extensively behind the album, Widowspeak (above, performing “The Dark Age” for Converse Rubber Tracks), plus Pure Bathing Culture and Spires, are back in NYC and ready to rock The Bowery Ballroom tonight.