When: Fri., Aug. 19, 9 p.m. 2016
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
SEE GULLS/TEARDROP CANYON
Friday night finds two local rock acts up against each other as they celebrate fine new releases. In Raleigh, See Gulls cuts loose with Curtain Call, the band's second EP of punchy rock tunes. It's a square follow-up to the band's first effort, last year's solid You Can't See Me, drawing from the same well of bright vintage pop-rock. But while You Can't See Me had a tense, occasionally even angry undercurrent, Curtain Call feels sharper, settled, and even more satisfied with itself. Opener "Boss Hog," with Leah Gibson taking over on vocals, is a surly take-this-job-and-shove-it jam that's immensely catchy. Elsewhere, Sarah Fuller leans harder into Angel Olsen-style yelps, delivering a great one-two punch with back-to-back tracks "I Want It" and "I Wrote It," before closing out on a tender note with the sweet, swaying "You're Here."
As See Gulls reassert themselves in the capital city, the relatively new Teardrop Canyon debuts its self-titled first LP in Durham. The band is the latest enterprise of Josh Kimbrough, once of Butterflies, and is unsubtle in its eighties influences. A massive, squealing saxophone line is the centerpiece of "Defeat," while "Wait Too Long" is flush with gentle cascades of synths. Those tumbling synths, paired with the song's swooping guitar highlights, make "Wait Too Long" the record's prettiest song by far.
"Getting Dressed Alone," on the other hand, sounds like an outtake from Sean Lennon's 2006 LP Friendly Fire, with Kimbrough's sighing delivery lending the record a little more space between its dense layers. Lost in the Trees' Ari Picker recorded and produced Teardrop Canyon, with his ear for detail translating well to Kimbrough's synth-heavy rock. Teardrop Canyon is remarkably slick, balancing professional polish with just the right amount of fuzz and crunch. —Allison Hussey
SEE GULLS: KINGS, RALEIGH
10:30 p.m., $8, www.kingsraleigh.com
TEARDROP CANYON: THE PINHOOK, DURHAM
9 p.m., $8, www.thepinhook.com