Day Party Crawl
Music by the SliceHome Slice Pizza, Friday, March 19
Anchoring South Congress' day show scene, Home Slice's annual pizza party on its back patio remains one of the best out-of-the-fray lineups. An early set from Park the Van discovery Generationals lifted tight, harmony-infused Kinksian rock and pop, culminating best with indie anthem "When They Fight, They Fight" off the trio's debut, Con Law. Jukebox the Ghost's piano pop was overshadowed by Wye Oak's stunning set, Jenn Wasner's vocals cutting the afternoon lull with an enveloping haze to Andy Stack's simultaneous drum and keys dexterity. The duo sounds like they took up residence in their fellow Baltimoreans' Beach House and blew out the windows. The Lonely Forest likewise lived up to their Northwest buzz and honor as inaugural signees to Chris Walla's Trans label with rock crescendos couched in melodic guitar tones and the slow rolling pummel of "We Sing in Time." Miles Kurosky (ex-Beulah) literally sprawled off the stage with his sevenpiece ensemble, deeply echoing his former outfit's sublime pop yearnings, and even bringing Home Slice owner Joseph Strickland up to sing harmony on "Landslide Baby." Finally, ushering in the evening and Lou Barlow's closing set, the Cave Singers bruised out a growling but hypnotic apocalyptically stomped and hollered fury.