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When: Thu., Aug. 13, 9:30 p.m. 2015

Netherfriends main man Shawn Rosenblatt is like a bird: he calls Chicago home during warm months, but migrates south once the leaves change. And that nomadic lifestyle certainly has its appeal. For instance, he has the flexibility to spend months on the road—as he did when he wrote and recorded a song in every state for an ambitious project called, well, “50 States, 50 Songs." But that way can also be quite isolating, and the loneliness finds its way into Netherfriends’ genre-blending self-released new album, Ladyfriends (A Stoner Love Album). On it Rosenblatt ruminates about his vagabond life and his desire for a woman to hold his hand, about smoking weed and watching Seinfeld—and though with each track he finds a new way to inflect his vocals with a glum sweetness, those themes remain on repeat. Netherfriends’ hybrid of psych, hip-hop, and indie pop retains its familiarity even as Rosenblatt explores new designs. He strikes a balance between Beach Boys euphoria and G-funk grooves, and he pulls it off in a way that makes the flow of each track unique to his hazy, easygoing vision and romantically woebegone bite.

Leor Galil

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