After five years and a handful of releases, Seattle's Pretty Girls Make Graves is no more. The young dance-rock group ended things on amicable terms following the departure of drummer Nick Dewitt. The group's 22-city funeral procession is reason to celebrate and cherish the youthful exuberance of the quintet's cathartic live performances. The band would like to be remembered through their brief but bountiful musical output. Their third full-length, last year's Élan Vital, the first to include Leona Marrs on keyboards and vocals, was a slick and succulent affair, a deadly blend of rigid guitar riffs and emotive anthems. Pretty Girls Make Graves were the offspring of numerous bands, including Murder City Devils, Bee Hive Vaults and Kill Sadie. They are survived by the rustic and meditative folk of the Cave Singers, the latest project from bassist Derek Fudesco, and a thousand like-minded acts such as Georgia's Moros Eros, who will open in support of their debut, I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright, and L.A./Seattle indie upstart the Moonrats. Rest in peace.
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