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Gardens & Villa

You can often hear a band’s geographic roots in its sound, and so it is with California quintet Gardens & Villa, despite their label’s efforts to link them to ‘90s Britpop like Blur or classics like The Kinks, along with the synth-pop of Gary Numan. Sure, there are twinges of those influences here and there, but there’s no denying that the lush atmosphere on the band’s self-titled debut evokes the West Coast in all its sprawling grandeur, from the killer vocal harmonies on songs like the flute-abetted “Sunday Morning” to the swaggering, semi-funky rock of “Cruise Ship.” They even get into prog-rock territory on “Chemtrails.” In other words, like their home state, you can find a little bit of everything in Gardens & Villa’s music. With some bands, that can be the result of a lack of focus. With these guys, it’s a musical battle plan. The Generationals are also on the bill. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show

Date: Jul 21, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Phone: 801-364-3538
Address: 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Kilby Court