by Robert Bell
9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
Seattle quartet La Luz has been playing together for only a year and change but the band has already been the subject of a gushing profile in The Stranger, released a cassette EP on Burger Records, a single on Suicide Squeeze and earned nods from everyone from the au courant tastemakers at Pitchfork to the DIY-or-die sticklers at Maximumrocknroll.
As for the band's sound, think reverb-drenched tendencies of the sort indulged in by the likes of The Mantles or The Fresh and Onlys or some of the other retro-minded west coast acts of the last few years, but with a more pronounced surf-rock vibe (twangy six-string, burbling Farfisa). Their hauntingly beautiful singing is clearly inspired by the girl group sounds of early '60s performers like The Crystals and The Ronettes, and it has a similarly timeless quality as well.
Check out La Luz's "Damp Face" EP. Isaac Alexander and The Coasts round out this excellent bill for a rare Sunday night White Water Tavern show.