I'm going back to the Hi-Dive tonight to check out a couple up and coming indie acts and a local band that I have yet to see. There will be a good variety of indie rock styles all on the more mellow end of the spectrum, but still enough energy to get people moving on the dance floor. It's a concert I've been looking forward to for a while now, and it should be the perfect way to wrap up the weekend.
The headliner is Gardens & Villa, a five piece band from Santa Barbara, CA. Just using the broad label indie rock doesn't quite describe what these guys are like. Some of their songs have a folk aspect to it, some have dashes of funky electro-pop, but they are all tied together by their own unique representation of rock. Although there are a lot of synthesized parts in their music, nothing is looped or recorded - everything is performed live. Their music does have a very laid back west coast feel to it - like music you should be blasting as you're cruising down the coast with the windows down or at a midnight beach party. Check out "Black Hills" and "Orange Blossom".
Gardens & Villa Black Hills by INDIGENOUSPromotions
Gardens & Villa Orange Blossom by INDIGENOUSPromotions
Achille Lauro is a local Denver indie rock quartet with a sophisticated, hard to pinpoint sound. At first, they come across as indie post-rock, but then I hear soulful vocals and find dance rhythms emerge out of the mix. They've got a very interesting and eclectic sound going on, and it just keeps drawing me in to listen to it more. I may not be able to really label it, but I know I like it. Check out "Low Cha Cha".
Achille Lauro - Low Cha Cha by HotCongressRecords
Youth Lagoon is the product of 22 year old Trevor Powers. He creates music with a very mellow, dream-like feel, with atmospheric beats, and highly reverberated vocals. His music is very close to being in the chillwave genre, but much more breezy and less about dance rhythms. Also, he juxtaposes his lofty instrumentation with haunting and revealing lyrics - each a window into the things that have haunted Powers throughout his life. Check out "Cannons".
Youth Lagoon - Cannons by abrecaminos
The show begins at the Hi-Dive around 9:00PM tonight. The show is 18+ and tickets are $10 available at the door.