Wavves / FIDLAR / Cheatahs

Wavves and FIDLAR are both Southern California bands that emerged from punk/DIY/slacker circles. Wavves' Nathan Williams got some help from a professional producer and former Jay Reatard associates Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes to hone his ragged vision and create a punk-pop nugget in 2010's King of the Beach. Wavves' new Afraid of Heights again matches electrifying punk adrenaline with juicy pop hooks often suggestive of the Beach Boys and other mid-'60s groups. And right from the shiny, charging first track, "Sail to the Sun," Williams confirms his priorities haven't changed: "I tell ya what I'm gonna do to get by...first we gotta get high." FIDLAR's punk onslaught is more ferocious, the group's everything-is-fucked attitude more prickly, but they tap an array of raucous rock 'n' roll antecedents similar in temporal origin. And their solution to the prevailing angst is equally time-honored: party hearty with, as the first track of their eponymous debut prescribes, "Cheap Beer." London's Cheatahs, meanwhile, led by Canadian Nathan Hewitt, seem more inspired by early-'90s Brit pop for their mix of swirling guitars and moody vocals. 18+. (Photo by Catherine Roif)
Fri., March 29, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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