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Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean

Ruby June

Sunflower Bean, Honduras 

When: Thu., March 3, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $12, $10 in advance
In a January interview with Rolling Stone, New York trio Sunflower Bean name-drop an eclectic array of influences, from Metallica to Brian Wilson, but their 2015 debut, Human Ceremony (Fat Possum), doesn’t quite show that range. Instead it’s a solid and lovely album of indie dream-pop with an occasional subgenre like doom metal or classic rock mixed in to provide a thoughtful accent. The song “2013” chimes winsomely before slogging through metal noise for its last 20 seconds, while “Wall Watcher” pairs Julia Cumming’s light, ethereal vocals with a crunchy punk riff straight out of the early 90s. Rounded out by guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber, the band can write an indelible indie-pop song: “I Want You to Give Me Enough Time” is the kind of languidly vulnerable ode to complicated love that seems destined for a million Spotify playlists. The band haven’t quite turned their skill and smarts into an individual style, but greatness seems within reach. If you go out to this show, there’s a good chance that five years from now you’ll get to say you saw them when.
— Noah Berlatsky



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