STREET NIGHTS, BEAR AND MOOSE, EIDOLONS
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Dan Byers' understated, delicate vocals are striking upon your first listen to China, Eidolons' 2012 record. Melodic, spiraling garage-rock guitar riffs and catchy, quick drum rhythms come together to create music that overflows with raw energy. These buoyant songs are a balancing act—soulful, dreamy, and folk tinged, at some times reminiscent of a Wilco hit or a cooing Andrew Bird ballad. One of Eidolons' greatest strengths is their quirky ability to combine the elements of catchy rock 'n' roll with a weird, folk lullaby aesthetic. RACHEL MILBAUER
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