Lets rank the top five coolest lo-fi rockers of the last, say, five years: 1) Ariel Pink 2) Kurt Vile 3) Sic Alps 4) Pink Reason and 5) Wavves. Its a real toss up between Pink and Vile both are just great. But Ariel is a bit more psychedelic in a Skip Spence/psychotic kind of way. Plus, his tune West Coast Calamities, off 2005s House Arrest, contains one of the most audacious lines in recent memory: I want a chick who puts up with my shit and puts out. Probably the best thing about Pink is how hes turned into a touring juggernaut. A lot of lo-fi studs suck at live shows, but not this guy. His band Haunted Graffiti are serious punch-the-clock rockers kind of like the Cruisers, only different.
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m., 2009