Chris DeLine

Cedar Rapids, IA

Wavves Critics’ Pick

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It’s been included on a list of five of the most anticipated albums of 2009 on ABC News, and most recently it was given the coveted “Best New Music” nod from Pitchfork. But whether or not Wavvves, the latest album from 22-year-old Nathan Williams, is worthy of such adulation is beside the point; what is important is that Williams, under his Wavves guise, is doing his best to capitalize on his time in the spotlight. Drudging through maddening lo-fi while recklessly drunk on feedback, Wavves sounds like the dirty, homeless stepchild of its noisy California neighbors No Age. Having played no fewer than 10 shows at SXSW, Williams is in the middle of a 22-date stretch with Minneapolis’s Vampire Hands in tow for the tour. Coming roughly halfway through the tour, the date is Vampire Hands’ first in the Twin Cities since opening for the Black Lips in mid-March. 18+.

[This critics’ pick was originally published by City Pages.]