This glee club from Athens combines the best elements of musical theater and disarmingly autobiographical lyrics.
Last summer, I got in a whole heap of trouble by revealing to anyone who cared to read Salon.com that the fallout of this whole Elephant 6/Kindercore groundswell was a string of bands who were derivative of bands who were derivative of bands who were derivative of bands from the '60s that might not have been that great to begin with. The only thing that saved my life--and months of continued bashing on the tweelist and the E6 e-list--was that even I had to admit that there was something pretty special about this band called Of Montreal. This glee club from Athens, Ga., combines the best elements of dippy '60s pop revisionism with elements of musical theater and disarmingly autobiographical lyrics. Of the lot--along with the Essex Green and the Minders--they're the keepers. Our own--well, at least if you count South Jersey as something belonging to the collective "us"--Echo Orbiter follow along in the same spirit, and indeed, "spirit" is the operative word here. EO are as influenced by musical grave-robbing as any of the E6 bands, with the primary difference being that they pull in the exuberance of punk rock that surely all their influences once had before they discovered the evil weed. So wear comfortable pogo shoes to this one, and please, if you love music, don't offer these kids any drugs.
Sat., Feb. 10, 10pm. $8. With Elekibass. Balcony, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com
PW's Music Issue 2014