CHERRY TAKES ME TO THE PLACE ABOVE: “Am I walking through Urban Outfitters right now?” asked one YouTube commenter in response to a full stream of Cherry Glazerr’s 2015 album, Haxel Princess. “Urban Outfitters is walking through you,” retorted another.
This interesting little paradox is a good summation of Cherry Glazerr’s music, which captures the within-you-and-without-you wasteland of teenage life, wherein superficial trends and styles are perplexingly both the substance and parasite of the soul. When the L.A.-based Burger Records garage-rock darlings play Velvet Jones (423 State St.) this Friday, June 10, at 8:30 p.m. with Sex Stains and Royal Suns, you can join them in rebelling against the defining outlines that suppress us, no matter if you’re a teen in skin or spirit or both.
With only one band member of legal drinking age, and two just having secured the right to vote, the band must especially feel society’s self-serving lust for teenage life, so fawned upon and yet so disrespected. From the critical rock vantage point, their handlers can continue to admire pure adolescence, that youthful spirit many a rocker vies to embalm in eternity over the course of three catchy minutes. Cherry Glazerr is the real deal, which is always easy prey.
Whatever their trajectory, here’s wishing luck and plenty of good times ahead for this promising bunch, who are making some of the very best indie garage rock of the moment. I just love it when a band delivers a lyric as universally felt as this: “Fuck you, fuck you. You didn’t like me as much as I liked you.”
MAJORLY LASER: Elsewhere on the indie-rock spectrum lies Laser Background, who plays at the Funzone (226 S. Milpas St.) on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. with The Lentils, Cave Babies, and Rad Rasputin + Company. Another contender in the field of synth-sewn, vaguely Beach-Boys-by-way-of-Animal-Collective-or-Deerhunter pixel-pop, Laser Background is good for lovers of all rock infused with Day-Glo-bright displays of emotion and sensitive stances.
IN RAINBOWS: For a different brand of multicolor, the Rainbow Girls are back with a show at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) this Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m., joined by The Mondegreens and Handmade Moments. Ever since their formation, Santa Barbara’s favorite daughters of prismatic folk-rock psychedelia have made a name for themselves across the world as an organic bunch of true-to-their-roots rockers. With a new home up in the perennially artisanal and agricultural town of Petaluma, they are sure to be carrying some new shades of self to add to the spectrum we’ve come to know and love. Rainbow Girls: We are happy to welcome you back home.
DONAVON FRANKENREITER RIDES AGAIN: Speaking of returning trips, Donavon Frankenreiter and Tom Curren are back like a summer swell to provide another surefire good time at SOhO on Wednesday, June 15, at 8 p.m. With some of the sweetest licks this side of Kauai, the Hawaiian master of mellow, contemplative surf rock is always a welcome sight in S.B.
SWEET AS THE SIERRA: Alternatively, if you’re more Goleta-leaning, check out Sweetwater String Band over at the Mercury Lounge (5871 Hollister Ave., Goleta) Wednesday, June 15, at 9 p.m. With music as authentically bluegrass as the Appalachians, but with a Californian touch, one imagines them wandering through the glaciated valleys of California’s highest peaks, strumming and bowing away.
OH, MY GOD, BECKY: And last but not least, the old days are back again with DJ Darla Bea’s Baby Got Back All ’80s and ’90s Party at Velvet Jones on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Get ready to get footloose and do your best dirty dancing and space jamming.