Inside at Stubb’s spends half of its bill as an incubator for hypnotic, immersive sound sprawls, and the other half rattling around emotive rock-pop. Mainstay anchor Holy Wave plies spacey psych and Soda Lilies bask in a fuzzy wall of sound. On the latter half, Wrongbird bangs out piano-heavy intensity, led by vocalist/pianist Eric Baker’s impassioned holler and manic energy, while quintet Cosmico bangs out indie rock earworms.
Continuation of their 25th anniversary – minus three years lost during breakups and side projects – Gainesville’s HWM play two of their most popular albums, 1999’s No Division and 2002’s Caution, in full each night. Original co-lead Chris Wollard retired from playing live, though he still writes and records, so Chris Cresswell from the Flatliners plays in his stead. Oklahoma punks Red City Radio and local garage supergroup Drakulas open both nights.
Longtime New York buds Gabrielle Smith and Oliver Kalb team up to tour their respective indie rock projects. Under the Bellows moniker, Kalb weaves a muffled, lo-fi dreaminess. As Gabby’s World – known formerly as Ó and Eskimeaux – Smith builds explosive, meditative, guitar rock uncertainty somewhere between collaborator Frankie Cosmos’ whip-smart twee and Mitski’s orchestral gloom. Local fivepiece Sun June opens with regret-pop.
Why choose between country and rock when you can have both? Hot on the heels of their dust-kicking May release Neon Headed Fool, Sour Bridges specialize in self-stylized bluegrass only filthier. Meanwhile, Harvest Thieves strike a balance between country lyrics and rhythm with a banging hard rock aesthetic. Mayeux & Broussard lay down Louisiana honky-tonk and Texas twang.