by Chris Shaw
With seven full-length albums under their belt, Woods are the main attraction, as their signature brand of self-recorded lofty melodies have propelled them across the United States since the mid 2000s. The band's latest effort, Bend Beyond, sees the group move from ultra lo-fi (think Donovan recording in someone’s closet) to a more cohesive, sometimes darker sound, even though the album was recorded in front man Jeremy Earl’s home. Earl is also behind the acclaimed Woodsist record label, responsible for putting out vinyl for groups such as White Fence, Vivian Girls, and Kurt Vile.
On tour with Woods is Brooklyn-based indie-gaze band Widowspeak. Sounding like a hazier, slightly stoned Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak slide through simple spaced-out chord progressions with front woman Molly Hamilton’s alluring whisper pushing the songs along.
Opening the show is local act Toxie, a group who finds their sound somewhere between Kiwi pop act Look Green Go Purple and the old Kim Deal project the Breeders. After a successful stint up the East Coast, this is the first time Toxie has played locally since their engaging performance at Gonerfest 9. Doors are at 9pm. Admission is $10.00