SATURDAY, May 25 2013 | 8:30 pm

TV GIRL
JEANS WILDER
MONSTER RALLY | DUDES
$8 / $10 |
TV GIRL
There are two kinds of love songs. There’s the kind that deal in absolutes, the giddy highs of being in love and the devastating lows of breaking up. And then there’s the much more rare variety that explore that tricky gray area where real-life relationships reside, where resentment, relief, exhaustion, and pleasure co-exist in a state of constant tension. San Diego’s TV Girl are practitioners of the latter, taking a “so stark it’s tender” approach similar to Elvis Costello or Harry Nilsson.

TV Girl is Trung Ngo and Brad Petering, long time friends who grew up skating the streets of San Diego and dissecting pop music in each other’s garages and bedrooms. Ngo threw himself into TV Girl when his previous band, party rock band Da Bears, disbanded. TV Girl’s unique sound comes from the combination of Ngo’s sweet voice and subtly twisted lyrics over Petering’s lushly arranged beats, built from samples of everything from Dylan to Tracy Chapman to, as Petering puts it, “some obscure 60’s garage rock song” downloaded haphazardly off the internet.



JEANS WILDER
Jeans Wilder is the nom-de-plume of San Diego-based Andrew Caddick, former band member of Fantastic Magic (with Nathan Williams of Wavves and Matt Barajas of Heavy Hawaii). He has been honing his melancholic beach pop since 2008, channeling the light and darkness of America’s Finest City. With a handful of cassette and vinyl releases already under his belt, Totally is as much the next step from his celebrated Nice Trash LP as it is a huge leap forward for the lonesome drifter. Where previous releases have seen much more sparse instrumentation, Totally delivers a more fleshed out sound while bringing Caddick’s voice further into the foreground with strong delivery and melodic hooks.

The lo-fi wash and dub-like production are still part of his signature, only now Jeans is a little bit further from the shade and closer to the sand. It’s the soundtrack for a bonfire at the moment where you steal away from the others to sit and watch the tide. Somewhere between the crashing churn of the Pacific, Jeans Wilder is out there.