When: Wed., Oct. 10, 9 p.m. 2012
At a glance, it would be easy to write off Gardens and Villa as another bunch of hipsters making bleep-bloopity dance music for suburban white kids. They look thrift-store chic, they call the positive atmosphere in their hometown “coco vibes,” and singer Chris Lynch wears a quiver full of bamboo flutes. But a peek under the surface reveals a talented group that effectively incorporates electronic funk, Reagan-era dance pop and krautrock’s persistent motorik beat into its own distinctive brew. The Prince influence the band claims in interviews does not come across directly in the sound, but it appears when one considers His Purpleness’ facility for incorporating diverse styles rather than just copying them. The group mines some of the same territory as MGMT and Yeasayer, but G&V focus more on laying down a groove than building a wall of electronic ear candy. They play live without computer backing tracks, and from watching several versions of “Orange Blossom” floating around on the Internet, they aim to do much more than simply play the record note for note.