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Sin Desires Marie reunion show, April 9 at the hi-dive

At the end of the '90s, before almost every form of music had been completely compromised, colonized and commercialized, the Pauline Heresy formed and wrote emotionally raw, lyrically confessional music that might have been lumped in with emo two years later. But before that could happen, two of the band's principal songwriters, Yoon Park and Claudine Rousseau, teamed up with Germaine Baca, then of Rainbow Sugar, to push the music further. Bringing together strident, evocative bass lines reminiscent of Mission of Burma, mechanically precise and driving percussion, savage yet expressive guitar work and singing so palpably honest it was often unsettling, Sin Desires Marie always seemed like an important band. Reforming after a roughly seven-year hiatus, the trio will take the stage again for a show at the hi-dive on Saturday, April 9. You'd be a fool to miss it.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.