Doom and Décor

Though they share the same name as a well-known furniture retailer, Miami's Modernage doesn't tout comfort or clarity of design. Far from it, in fact — Modernage's music is seeped in post-punk anguish and intensity, a sound that reflects the anxiety and uncertainty of modern times. Formed in late 2003, the fivepiece is made up of mostly novice musicians who have nevertheless managed to secure a number of high-profile gigs with a formidable array of heavyweight headliners — Bloc Party, Nine Inch Nails, Elefant, and Peter Hook of New Order being among those they name-drop. Fortunately, Modernage isn't content to coast on others' coattails; its sound is edgy, aggressive, and flush with fury. A new double-sided single, "This Song"/"Strangers," provides ample evidence of a musical mantra that, unlike its established namesake, doesn't rely on a need for any couching or cushioning.

Modernage performs at 11 p.m. Friday, December 8, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-358-7625, or visit

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Lee Zimmerman