When: Wed., Aug. 24, 10 p.m. 2011
As front man for Chatty Cathy, Kortland Chase managed to slip a little R&B sensuality into the group's melodic alt-rock with the help of his butter-melting voice. Now that Chatty Cathy has fallen silent—the band played its last show in July—he's giving free rein to his soulful side with a solo project called Grades. Chase has only made four recorded songs public so far, but they're enough to demonstrate his knack for combining sensual radio-ready neosoul and chilly, sterile electronica. He's still got some work to do—his flat cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" makes it pretty clear he doesn't always know how to navigate this new territory—but his pulsing jams could make for a solid new spin on a style that's already helped acts like the XX and How to Dress Well become big names among indie fans. —Leor Galil Wolf in a Spacesuit headlines.