When: Fri., Sept. 16, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Now that indie bands like Deerhunter, Grizzly Bear, and Animal Collective have such an outsize influence on the musical zeitgeist, an artist can develop a niche audience just by covering them. Colin Caulfield, a Chicago transplant from Saint Paul, Minnesota, has done just that, posting versions of those groups' songs to YouTube alongside some tunes he's written under the name Young Man. It's easy to deduce Caulfield's listening habits from his project's imminent full-length debut, Ideas of Distance (Frenchkiss), because the album's delicate, largely acoustic chamber pop bears the sonic signatures of his favorite acts—most notably the airy, haunting minimalism of early Grizzly Bear. Fortunately he has the chops to write a decent melody of his own, and material like "Nothing" makes Young Man sound like more than just the latest iteration of a popular formula from the indie handbook—give Caulfield a few years, and up-and-coming musicians might be covering him. —Leor Galil Grouplove headlines, Young Man and Deserters open.