Local Licks 

This week, we review Permanent Collection, Rachel Efron, The Hollyhocks, and Naytronix .

Rachel Efron, Put Out the Stars

Balladeer and torch singer Rachel Efron will probably never outgrow her girlish warble, much less her penchant for slightly anachronistic music — in the sense that a female vocal draped over a piano sounds a bit old-fashioned. That said, her new release shows sophistication in songcraft and production values. The melodies are elegant and sometimes combative, even if the lyrics seem prudish. (self-released)

At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on June 14. 8 p.m., $20.50-$22.50.

The Hollyhocks, Understories

It takes about three songs for indie band The Hollyhocks to devolve into conventional prettiness. For the most part, the four band members favor stark harmonies, unusually dissonant guitar lines, and riffs that sing rather than merely sustain a groove. The lyrics are compelling, too, even when they're about familiar things like love ("Lightning and Timing"), loneliness ("Photograph"), and complacency ("Static"). (self-released)

At The Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St., San Francisco) on June 8. 8 p.m., $8.

Naytronix, Naytronix EP

It's become en vogue for jazz musicians to foray into pop, but bassist Nate Brenner was an early adopter of the trend — first in Michael Coleman's Beep!, then in Merrill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs and his electronic solo act Naytronix, which bears traces of Brenner's Oberlin Conservatory training. It seeps through in the bold horn parts on "Good Thing" and in his sleek cover of a Janet Jackson standard. (Plug Research)

Permanent Collection , Newly Wed Nearly Dead

Repetitive hooks, tinny production, and low, droning vocals give this album a narcotic quality, which is surely intentional. Singer Jason Hendardy emerged from the shoegaze outfit Young Prisms, and he still subscribes to that dreamily dense aesthetic; even with its upbeat tempos and sprightly guitar riffs, Newly Wed always tends toward ponderousness. Fortunately, several songs are imminently listenable. (Loglady Records)

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Local Licks

  • Local Licks

    This week we review French Cassettes, Big Tree, and North Home.
    • Sep 18, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review The Dodos, TaughtMe, and The Severely Departed.
    • Sep 11, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review Felsen, Al Lover, and The Family Crest.
    • Sep 4, 2013
  • More »

Author Archives

  • Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

    Jonathan Singer-Vine's debut film is an honest coming-of-age.
    • Jun 12, 2013
  • Debtor's Purgatory

    People who can't afford to hire an attorney have virtually no chance in court against well-heeled lawyers for banks and debt collection companies.
    • May 8, 2013
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Taste, Fall 2016

Everything you need to know about dining in and out in the East Bay.

The Queer & Trans Issue 2016

Queer and trans coverage contributed by individuals who identify as queer or trans.

© 2016 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation