Soda Bar has YellowFever. The Austin act’s s/t debut, out now on the Vivian Girls’ Wild World! label, owes as much to Liz Phair’s Exile as to loopy surf-rock repetition and the reemergence of the girl-group aesthetic (see Vivian Girls); i.e., it’s lyrical and terminally catchy. Check it: myspace.com/yellerfever.... Not your tea? Whole bunch of Grade A folk-pop going on as Fruit Bats fly into Casbah with Jesse Elliot’s Kentucky-smooth These United States and slow-coustic Michigan trio Breathe Owl Breathe.
Mexico City indie kids Hello Seahorse! bring Bestia to Bar Pink Wednesday night. Their pink and frosty pop out-sweets your taco shop’s horchata, kiddo, but it brings the Spanish home. Great way to learn a new language. Sip? myspace.com/helloseahorse.
— Barnaby Monk