While we are admittedly a bit exhausted after a long week of Noise Pop shows, there is still plenty to look forward to this week with electro-pop duo Phantogram at The Rickshaw Stop Wednesday, the ever so enigmatic Nobunny at Thee Parkside Friday and indie-approved hip hop act The Cool Kids at 330 Ritch Saturday.
Our pick for this week, however, is Los Angeles based Abe Vigoda, who play both Oakland's 21 Grand Saturday and Bottom of the Hill Sunday. One of the many great acts to come out of LA's legendary DIY institution The Smell, Abe Vigoda spent their early years cranking out what they lovingly dubbed "Tropical Punk" tracks -- think No Age, but with a fast-paced, almost calypso-inspired backbone. Last summer's excellent Reviver EP, however, found the matured group ditching the fun-loving island vibe for a decidedly slower and darker sound that has more in common with 80s shoegaze than it does with the lo-fi style of their Southern California peers. The quartet is gearing up for a sizable spring tour with chart-topping indie darlings Vampire Weekend, and are likely to make a serious amount of new fans in the process -- be sure to catch them at these smaller venues while you still can.