Best Of 2018

Best Local Music to Rekindle Your Goth Phase: Skeleton Hands

Coupling New Order’s chugging New Wave instrumentation with The Cure’s baroque melodrama, Cincinnati’s Skeleton Hands tinge their songcraft with bruise-colored flush. The duo’s latest effort, Wake, dropped 10 days ahead of Halloween, the perfect time to wallow in repurposed Reagan-era angst while taking a neighborhood stroll, and admiring your neighbors’ ghastly holiday decor. Hop onto Skeleton Hands’ Bandcamp page, give “Gardens” a spin and guard yourself against the urge to apply embarrassing amounts of eyeliner. Skeleton Hands, skeletonhands.bandcamp.com.