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When: Fri., Jan. 13, 9 p.m. 2017

Tucked away in cozy college-town Oxford, Ohio—less than an hour north of Cincinnati—low-fi indie-rock four-piece Cross Country are starting to kick up dirt thanks to their recent album Trials (Infinity Cat). Parquet Courts and 90s-slacker comparisons are easy ones, and they’re fine—Cross Country’s deadpan vocals toasted with cynicism sound right as rain—but the band’s jive ultimately supersedes refers. The melodic play between guitarists Thom Meyer and Ezra Saunier can often resemble intricate needlework, particularly on coolly tumbling-forward tracks like “Alone” and “Beams,” while an upbeat jam like “Grass Stain” is playful and crisp enough to keep a basement of slightly jolted undergrads bouncing off one another till the end of time. Trials is only eight tracks total and skates by fast—but its replayability can’t go understated, and will no doubt work to make them even more endearing.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $8

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