Box Elders, Fresh & Onlys | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Box Elders, Fresh & Onlys Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Oct. 11, 9 p.m. 2009

It must be an exciting time to be in a band in the Bay Area. When you’re surrounded by everything from the glorious mystical drone of Wooden Shjips to the anthemic party punk of Personal & the Pizzas, all you must need to get inspired is a set of ears. Nobody better embodies this happy state of affairs than San Francisco five-piece the Fresh & Onlys, who absorb the city’s wild diversity of fantastic sounds and then beam them through a prism of hook-laden pop psych—an approach that’s caught the ears of hot-streaking labels like Woodsist and HoZac. In 2009 they’ve released two LPs, an EP, a cassette, and a handful of singles—including “Laughter Is Contagious” b/w “Horrible Door” on brand-new Chicago imprint Trouble in Mind—with more on the way. And this incredible flood of collaborative creativity hasn’t come at the expense of craftsmanship: with each listen the solid song structures, giddy male-female vocal harmonies, and carefully placed lead-guitar notes seem more and more perfect and inevitable. —Brian Costello

Price: $8

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