Bloc Party w/Io Echo
Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …
After a two-year hiatus, British indie darlings Bloc Party returned to the studio and the road in 2012. The group’s latest offering, Four, reveals a thick cross-section of contemporary indie pop — not a radical departure, considering that the group absorbs styles and techniques like Spongebob at a rave. As he matures, frontman Kele Okereke begins to resemble actor Idris Elba, a likeness that suits the direct and confrontational approach Okereke has adapted in tracks as diverse as the grungy “Kettling,” the bristling but dance-friendly “Team A” and the pining “Truth.” Sharing the bill are Io Echo, a brother-sister duo from Los Angeles who specialize in melancholy dream-pop with striking instrumental additions like the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a steel guitar built from a hollow log. The pair, who gained attention from their participation in the Harmony Korine-James Franco project “Rebel,” have announced their debut full-length will be out via Iamsound on April 2.