Discover Indie Music Acts
Visiting Phoenix In March
Denver-based quartet Flaural is a contemporary blend of new wave, shoegaze and psych pop. Formed in the early 2015, Flaural employs traditional rock instruments with a modern array of abstract synth and guitar textures, driving 'kraut-y' drum grooves, and introspective lyrics and vocals. The band has toured extensively since the release of 2016's Over Imaginary Cigarettes, and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Catch Flaural at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, with local acts Dent, Twin Ponies, and Pro Teens on Thursday, March 16.
Within the songs of Laetitia Tamko (Vagabon) there are infinite worlds: emotional spaces that grow wider with time, songs within songs that reveal themselves on each listen. Vagabon is a multi-instrumentalist and a producer, and on her newest album Infinite Worlds she hones her singular voice and vision with an unprecedented clarity. Infinite Worlds builds upon Vagabon's stripped-down demos that have been circulating online and throughout the independent music community for the past two years. Her Persian Garden cassette, released in 2014 via Miscreant Records, was a lo-fi collection where she embraced a first-thought best-thought approach, making songs that began with just her voice and guitar. But here, Vagabon is a main performer of synths, keyboard, guitars, and drums, at times enlisting the work of session studio musicians. This had Vagabon channeling the thoughtfulness of her lyricism into her arrangement and production as well. Vagabon is touring with Allison Crutchfield & the Fuzz and will be performing at the Underground, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, on Monday, March 20.
Sleeping Lessons is the latest Seattle indie-rock band on the block made up of a collection of accomplished members who have played with a variety of projects ranging from international b-boy sensation Don't Talk To The Cops, Seattle surf staples The Echo Echo Echoes, and backing the indie-folk prodigy Sophia Duccini. While sharing bills with artists such as Car Seat Headrest, Washed Out, Deep Sea Diver, Diet Cig, STRFKR, and Odesza, Sleeping Lessons has started to create some momentum for itself with its self-produced debut album Red Sprites. Already the band has had support from influential radio stations worldwide such as Seattle's KEXP, Boston's WEMF, and Paris' RKC. Even rock n' roll hall of famer DJ Marco Collins is a fan, calling Red Sprites "one of the best debut records I've heard come out of the northwest in a long time!" Things keep going from strength to strength for the young Seattle band, which is embarking on its second west coast tour and has just been added to a slew of the Pacific Northwest's most exclusive bills including Fisherman's Village Music Festival. With another west coast tour on the horizon, you can catch these rising stars at the Trunk Space, 1124 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, on Tuesday, March 21.
Atlanta-based Omni plays lo-fi pop that channels the specter of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which brings you back to an era where any sane person was reeling from the unfulfilled promise of the Space Age and Age of Aquarius bleeding into the looming threat of "Morning in America." Omni distills the buzz and grit that snakes through the best of Television, Devo, and Pylon into surprisingly danceable, hook-laden slabs of raw, angular, sonic bliss. It's still the summer of 1978, and pushing the roots of rock & roll to its limits remains in vogue. Its debut album, 2016's Deluxe, serves as a fresh reminder that rock music can work outside of blues rooted, formulaic progressions without playing it safe behind a wall of effects. It's arty enough to impress record enthusiasts, yet melodically attractive enough to transcend to new listeners. Featuring members of Deerhunter, Balkans, and Carnivores, Omni will be performing at The Lunchbox, 1615 E. Catalina Drive, Phoenix, on Tuesday, March 21.
The members of Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of its lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems, psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness.The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe, building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips. Gringo Star bring their raucous set to Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, on Wednesday, March 29.
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