Poe Moves to Palm Beach

Florida’s sunny weather and blue skies don’t really correlate with Edgar Allen Poe’s gloomy writing. Yet Florida continues to produce a consistent source of dark artists, be it the retired death metal scene of Tampa, or the Neo-Goth acts of Miami. The sunshine isn’t brightening these corners any time soon.

The Dark Romantics (which are named after Poe’s literary sub-genre) are a Lakeland-based group that writes catchy-but-mysterious transcendental rock and roll. Touring off the recently released Heartbreaker, Eric Collins and his crew sing about love, pain, and well … heartbreak. They’ve won critical acclaim and comparisons to some of the best indie acts in the business. Think of them as the antithesis of the New Pornographers. Catch this up-and-coming act at 8 tonight at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Poe would totally be there, if he didn’t die in 1849. Tickets cost $6. Visit respectablestreet.com.
Thu., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2008

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