I was actually ignoring this Antlers concert tonight, they’re just not my thing, until about 15 minutes ago when I discovered who was opening for the Brooklyn-based group. First off, Lotus Plaza, the fantastic side project of Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt. Lotus Plaza does have that unmistakeable Deerhunter vibe but they veer into white noise much less often on their recordings. Pundt’s guitar work has been quite innovative each time I’ve seen him play with Deerhunter so I’m hoping for a bit more of the same. Secondly, Boston-based folk/pop duo You Won’t, who constantly avoid Wye Oak comparisons because they too have a drummer who plays the keyboards at the same time, are kicking things off. They’re an energetic band who straddle the folk-pop spectrum very handily. It’s funny to think they last time they were here was at the Tea Bazaar, and now they’re playing one of the largest auditoriums Charlottesville has to offer. It’s well deserved.
So tonight is a much better bill than I initially thought, and who knows, maybe tonight is the night The Antlers finally win me over. I’m keeping an open mind and looking forward to it.
See you at the show.