Show of hands: Who here likes hip stuff?! Wait. Let me rephrase that. Who here likes hip stuff and didn't manage to land a ticket to tonight's sold-out M83 show at Marathon Music Works or tonight's sold-out Jack White show at The Ryman?! Well then, unless you're a fan of Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller (playing tonight at Mercy Lounge), I think I may have the show for you. Sub Pop's Memoryhouse will appear at The End with MPSO and award-winning local duo Action!, and contributor Marissa R. Moss penned a Critic's Pick for us. Read it and weep:
Seattle’s Sub Pop label signed this dreamy Canadian duo to complement their other dreamy duo, Beach House. Because who can have enough shoegaze-y guy-girl pairs? Well, I can, for one — sometimes you just want a little loud, clean guitar. But Memoryhouse makes music that goes down well after a day spent imbibing in the quickly warming Tennessee sun, when you’re not sleepy enough to go to bed, yet not awake enough to dance. Comprising vocalist Denise Nouvion and composer/guitarist Evan Abeele, the band has a sound that veers a bit poppier and less loose than Beach House, and outside of the strictly-’80s realm. Nouvion’s simple, borderline-flat singing style can sometimes sound like a bored Rilo Kiley, but it also allows the music to define itself a bit more than your standard lo-fi experience. The real treat may be opening act Dan and Robyn Burns, aka Action!, a nice married couple who live here and make music that keeps you tapping your feet instead of just gazing at them. —MARISSA R. MOSS
Cover is $10.