The criminally underappreciated Foundry Field Recordings are returning to the Red and the Black tonight.
In July 2007, I saw them play there in front of next to nobody, but instead of pouting, scowling or lamenting aloud about the lack of a crowd, they delivered one of the best shows of the year.
The Foundry Field Recordings rehash a host of bands from indie rock's heyday -- the mid-'90s. They mix Lips-style noise-pop experiments, Guided by Voices' wistful acoustic side, Built to Spill-style guitar rock crescendos and the catchy lo-fi noise of Velvet Underground-inspired bands like Yo La Tengo and Pavement. Still, they always sound like their own entity.
The band can make you move, too. They're capable of unleashing dance beats on par with any neo-post-punk, nü-wave or dance-punk band around.