Indie, rock, and new wave styles all collide in the music of the Stills, a band that unabashedly treads the hallowed earth of love, despair, and emotional reflection with a sound driven by wiry, droning guitar lines and evocative, powerful melodies. The Canadian rock group comes from the same homeroom as Kent, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other present-day groups inspired by early-'80s artists, and they have definitely graduated into their own distinct and powerful sound.
There may be a chill in the air, but summer's not over yet! Two big music festivals remain this year: San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival (this weekend) and Austin City Limits (next weekend). There's an overlap of indie rockers at both events, such as The Raconteurs, CSS, and Jenny Lewis. But with an extra day and more stages to work with, ACL offers a wider array of acts such as Foo Fighters, Beck, Iron and Wine, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
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This Malkmusian N.Y. foursome calls itself "the finest band ever named after a local weatherman," and that's certainly true, but they're much more than that. They're torchbearers for a time we now call "the early-'90s," when slackerdom was the thing, Dando was king, and beer was still for breakfast.
Eschewing the danceable beats favored by many of its post-punk brethren, while opting instead for more ominous and insistent rhythms, is what makes the Standard visceral and engaging. Add some wily, percussive guitars and Tim Putman's tense, shaky vocals, and the result is dark and complex--intimate, yet ready to burst.