When: Sat., Aug. 11, 9:30 p.m. 2012
When I saw Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones open for Wild Flag at the Empty Bottle last fall—at which point the duo from Austin, Texas, were calling themselves Yellow Fever—they knocked me out, even though I'd never heard of them. In July they released a self-titled album as Deep Time that's filled with songs from that set—which I still remembered clearly ten months later, except that they're even better than I thought. Moore is a charismatic singer with an easygoing flexibility and a quirky personality that rubs off on the music. On one hand, she uses all kinds of nonverbal sounds—shimmery vibrato-laden whoops, oh-ohs, staccato eh-eh-ehs—to add rhythmic accents and counterpoint to the songs, but on the other, she shapes the main melodies with effortless clarity and precise elocution. She toggles between twitchy organ parts and clean-toned electric guitar—at times her resonant strumming reminds me of the Feelies' Crazy Rhythms—while Jones nails down solid quasi-tribal drum patterns, a combination whose taut vibe recalls the early-80s Rough Trade roster (Liliput, Raincoats, Essential Logic), albeit with more polish and pop craftsmanship. As heavily as the music depends on Moore's persona, the songs are so strong they'd sound good in anyone's hands—that said, I'm glad for Deep Time's masterfully infectious versions, which have been sinking deeper into my brain every time I listen to them. —Peter Margasak Blizzard Babies and Nonnie Parry open.
Price: $7 suggested donation