This week, the stars in the indie music universe align to usher in Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival. Besides film screenings and happy hours, this eclectic four-day shindig will present over 50 acts from 25 countries. From brooding Balearic house music to ethereal shoegaze rock, we’ve scoured the lineup to highlight five must-see acts.
John Talabot (Thu. Oct. 4, 11:30pm, The Echo)
Riding a wave of stellar reviews for his debut album fIN, the Spanish electronic musician makes blissful tracks that celebrate sun-soaked beaches and the glory days of summer. But what sets Talabot apart from the current sea of house producers is the ability to add a sinister edge to his euphoric compositions.
Zola Jesus (Fri. Oct. 5, 10:30pm, The Echo)
Russian-American musician Nika Roza Danilova studied opera and formal voice training from an early age, which may explain her status as one of the loudest and most exciting among the current crop of indie chanteuses. Don’t let her goth aesthetic fool you: Despite creating a somber atmosphere, her displays of vocal catharsis are riveting to hear – and watch.
The Big Pink (Fri. Oct. 5, midnight, Echoplex)
This English rock duo hit it big on the UK indie circuit with edgy and stylish electro-noise pop tracks such as “Too Young to Love” and “Dominos.” With an ambiance that evokes the baroque, futuristic and slightly macabre styles of designer Alexander McQueen, this band blasts catchy riffs through a killer wall-of-sound.
School of Seven Bells (Fri. Oct. 5, 11pm, Echoplex and Sun. Oct. 7, 7:15pm, Red Bull Soundstage)
This New York City-based electronic band has evolved over the years from a run-of-the-mill electro-rock outfit to a group anchored by soaring female vocals, pristine guitar riffs, and layered harmonies that speak to the innocent and propulsive dancer in all of us.
DIIV (Sun. Oct. 7, 6pm, Red Bull Soundstage)
Formed in Brooklyn and composed of members of bands such as Beach Fossils and Smith Westerns, DIIV has established a reputation as one of the best new dream-pop acts. Euphonic and thought provoking, this band provides a healthy dose of nostalgia and underwater-inspired escapism.
[Photo of Zola Jesus]