There’s a great show on tap at The Southern this evening. The beautiful poster above, by James Ford, tells you everything you need to know, but what the heck, I’ll elaborate.
Wild Nothing are here for another visit, though given their local roots, having originally formed at Virginia Tech, this is about as much of a hometown show as it gets. You may have caught them last time in February at Trinity, when they were here on tour with Abe Vigoda (the band, not the actor). Their most recent record is a gem, rooted in the same sort of lo-fi, hazy, lazy indie-rock as Real Estate or Kurt Vile, but with a tasteful dose of 80s pop, embracing synths and digital drum tracks to great effect. The sum of it all is an album that does a wonderful job conveying youthful, starry-eyed, summer-in-love nostalgia. But you don’t have to take my word for it since, among other things, it landed them on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2010, and received all sorts of other critical acclaim.
Opening up are two more rapidly rising area bands. One is C-ville’s Infinite Jets, an all-star lineup of rockers who are all veterans of other favorite local groups, including Matt Bierce and Drew Carroll trading off the songwriter role, with the capable backing of Scott Ritchie, Dave Stone, and Greg Sloan. If you like any of the other projects those guys have been in, you’ll dig this, too.
And leading off is Richmond’s Black Girls. This band really seems to have captured a lot of people’s attention rather quickly. It’s not surprising considering their diverse blend of sounds. There’s a little something there for everybody, whether it’s the bizarre R&B-ish falsetto vocal duo (think Isaac Brock, with a little soul), Strokes-like guitar lines, or a dancey rhythm section, they cover a lot of turf.
This one starts at 8:30PM, and it costs $10.