Neon Indian, Smith Westerns, Prairie Cartel, Members Only AV | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Neon Indian, Smith Westerns, Prairie Cartel, Members Only AV Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Oct. 27, 9 p.m. 2009

Alan Palomo has given the songs on Psychic Chasms (Lefse), his debut as Neon Indian, some trippy titles—"Mind, Drips," "Should Have Taken Acid With You"—but the album's no psychedelic hippie hayride. The 21-year-old Austinite, who's already attracted his share of attention with the 80s-tastic Vega, has made a wistful pop record dressed up in electronic romanticism, evoking not just the MTV soundtrack to your half-remembered high-school make-out session but also the music from the video games you might've taken to playing obsessively after the breakup. The textures manage to be both glossy and scratchy, bringing to mind both Daft Punk and David Sylvian. Palomo captures the vivid inner life of your typical nerd, rather than just the drab exterior. He plays live with a three-piece backing band. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $12, 18+

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