When: Tue., Feb. 19, 9 p.m. 2013
One of the most interesting recent instances of cross-genre musical influence is the ongoing enthusiasm in rap and R&B for sounds associated with the chillwave scene that grew out of indie rock a few years back and was defined by reverb-drenched ambience and secondhand nostalgia for soulful 80s pop. On this year’s Anything in Return (Carpark), chillwave veteran Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick of Columbia, South Carolina) returns the favor, tweaking the balance among his own influences to bring his already noticeable R&B tendencies further forward and refashioning himself as a more directly pop artist. He’s still a master of texture, and behind his smooth, youthful tenor the instrumental tracks are complex enough that picking apart the individual instruments can be a challenging diversion. But Bundick has swept away some of the effects-heavy veil that he used to hide his hooks behind, giving Anything an attractive confidence that ought to help sell his brand of idiosyncratic R&B to anyone who’s already hooked on the Weeknd. —Miles Raymer Sinkane and Dog Bite open.