plus horns this time.
So tonight's the night! The Valley of the Vapors
festival opens it's sixth year with a Sophie's Choice of a night in which you have to choose between a dusty, cowpunk lineup in a warehouse or a sleek, current affair down the street.
At Low Key Arts
, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show pops off at 7 p.m. with Ryan Power,
an Arkansas/Vermont songwriter who recalls Ariel Pink one minute
and Jackson C. Frank the next; Andrew Anderson
, who, with an impromptu four song set, astounded a packed White Water Tavern last night (watch this
, an alt-country outfit fronted by MxPx's Mike Herrera and Lucero
, playing what--let's face it--will be one of their last small venue shows ever. Ben and Co. brought their horn section along for the ride, as well. Should be a treat.Maxine's Pub
provides the other option for the hipper-than-thou crew and/or folks with an ear for synths. The night opens up with locals Man Against Fire
, who are ghosts on the internet (but I suspect this
is them), followed by Texan twee-punks
with a Gary Glitter-y stomp, Giggle Party
, Memphis garage staples River City Tanlines
(fronted by an ex-Lost Sounds member), and, finally, atmospheric Chicago two-piece--think
"midwestern take on The xx"--My Gold Mask
closes out the night.