When: Sun., Aug. 18, 9 p.m. 2013
Eight months into 2013, this three-band bill stands as one of the best convocations of local acts this year: It's a rare appearance for Birds of Avalon, whose members are busy running the Raleigh cultural center of Kings, The Garland and Neptune's. But they've been working on a follow-up to their 2011 self-titled LP with Mitch Easter, and they've added former Love Language and Toddlers keyboardist Missy Thangs for, at the least, a string of upcoming dates. The Lollipops, who take the middle slot here, are also at work on their full-band full-length debut; frontman Iggy Cosky's world-addled songs bounce freely in spite or because of the worries in his head, and the quartet behind him adds necessary muscle to his wiry mental notes. They'll follow Sylvan Esso, the duo of Megafaun's Nick Sanborn and Mountain Man's Amelia Meath. Their recent two-song debut spins fetching vocal refrains into wonderfully whimsical dance tunes, making them one of the most promising new Triangle acts to land in the last few years. Come to think of it, that is or has been true for every band on this bill.
Brooklyn jazz contortionists Father Figures follow this packed slate with their own late-night revelry. —Grayson Haver Currin