The luminescent, mind-expanding pool of neo-psychedelia is an ever-growing one, and it has, in recent years, been to blame for some pretty humdrum records. But from time to time, a talented crew of 60s-channeling day-trippers will strike on a solid blend of reverence and originality. While 2, Darker My Loves latest, offers up a heaping serving of psychedelic freak-outs and gnarly wah-wah noodling, DML pays homage to their predecessors while remaining rooted in contemporary relevance. The albums fuzzy guitar tones give a tip of the hat to the indie godsDinosaur Jr. and Deadboy and the Elephant Men among themwhile Tim Presleys spacy, pristine vocal melodies land somewhere between Jim James and Perry Farrell. At their trippiest moments, Darker My Love are a bit awkward and derivative, but when they drop the stoner act and plow through grooves, they rock pretty hard.
Mon., Dec. 8, 9 p.m., 2008