After turning heads in the Seattle club circuit last year with an energetic abandon uncharacteristic of bedroom artists, up-and-comer Scott Reitherman managed to earn his debut Moonbeams (originally released on his D.I.Y. label Baskerville Hill) a wider re-release with the ever-reliable Secretly Canadian. Behind his stage handle Throw Me the Statue, Reitherman has created an all-embracing electro-pop sound, squeezing out spastic yet cuddly garage-sale Casio blips and lovable drum-machine jaunts that proudly wear the quirk of a home-baked creation. What Reitherman may lack in vocal range--often resorting to half-spoken lyrics--is more than made up for in invention. Like the Microphones' disheveled breed of pysch-rock that sways between delicate acoustic experiments and breezy drones--though with a more definite, hook-driven edge--TMTS wears its blemishes openly, enhancing the music's undeniable charm.
Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m., 2008