Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Merge Records Showcase

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - at Cafe Nine:
The Broken West, Wye Oak, and aeroplane, 1929

Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven CT
$8 9pm 21+

DIRECTIONS: Click here

The Broken West play stylized softpop suitable for discotheques and your older sister's dinner parties. The songs are slick (they are from L.A) but remain consistently pleasant. Their latest on Merge, "Now Or Heaven," comes out on Tuesday.

Wye Oak are a duo from Baltimore, MD. Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars) play a woozy brand of 90's rock with an emphasis on the lush vocals. The guitars are detuned and there is feedback aplenty, but there's a well-groomed pop sensibility to it all. They appeared on Merge's 2008 Record Store Day split 7" with Destroyer and head to Europe in October to tour with Dr. Dog. (Fun fact: The Wye Oak used to be the honorary state tree of Maryland and the largest white oak tree in the United States).

New Haven's own aeroplane, 1929 open. Fresh-faced locals play clean and well-crafted indiepop with an alt.country bent. Folky arpeggios and overly-earnest lyrics abound.

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