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I missed Wavves on Monday morning, much to my irritation. Essentially the recording project of Nathan Williams, his onstage persona is both entertaining and funny. Like his music, Williams comes across as self-loathing, self-deprecating, and… kind of a dick. He’s a playful dick, but a dick nonetheless, and his simple, lo-fi pop-punk relies heavily on his intriguing personality. I saw him perform in Portland back in February and he played a far better show than his girlfriend/opening act, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.
Aside from my annoyance at missing a band that I enjoy, it did enable me to discover something new. I saw Givers instead, going in with minimal background on them as a band. The Dirty Projectors helped to launch their career and it makes sense in sonic terms. They play similarly inclined complicated prog-pop, full of shifting rhythms and male-female vocal interplay, but with more of an Afro-pop influence. They seemed incredibly young and full of energy, playing their hearts out despite having a very small turnout, even for an early set. It was loud yet relaxed and the right show at the right time. They’re a band that I’ve been looking into and enjoying since the festival. Their debut album, In Light, just came out on June 7th. Read the rest of this entry →