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Underwater Peoples showcase hits Baltimore; Tennis, Andrew Cedermark and more to perform

tennisTennis is the latest breakout band from the Underwater Peoples stable.

By David Malitz

One of our favorite labels to emerge in the last year is Underwater Peoples, which has quickly grown from its humble beginnings in a D.C. living room to one of the most buzzed about labels in the ever-crowded indie universe.

That buzz is well-earned as Underwater Peoples has a truly impeccable track record and things are only getting better. An upcoming full-length by Charlottesville, Va.’s Andrew Cedermark (the first UP release to be issued on - gasp - CD) and the debut 7” from Denver’s Tennis continue the UP tradition of slightly-warped, entirely enjoyable pop songs. Those two bands plus Family Portrait and Air Waves will appear the Underwater Peoples showcase Saturday night at the Hexagon as part of the Baltimore Independent Music & Arts Festival.

Below, take a listen to a song by each band. There’s also a “secret” house show in D.C. tonight.

Andrew Cedermark - “Moon Deluxe”

Cedermark used to play with Titus Andronicus but his songs aren’t barnstorming epics that succeed by sheer force and are instead winding and shimmering slices of shoegaze-pop that worm their way into yr brain. The title track to his debut has a nice gallop to it and works itself into a controlled frenzy. The rest of the album is just as strong.

Tennis - "Baltimore"

Husband-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley have been a band for less than a year but seem to have already perfected the whole two-and-a-half minute pop nugget. Their 7” on UP is long sold-out (and currently going for $40 on eBay) but these two are just getting started.

Family Portrait - “Mega Secrets”

This song has all the reverb and laid back grooves that have become the label’s calling card. It’s also got one of the all-time best song structures - the same thing over and over, just increasingly slightly louder.

Air Waves - “Sweetness”

Lighter on the reverb, heavier on the jangle, the same amount of chewy hooks from this Brooklyn group.

By David Malitz  |  August 27, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Tennis, Underwater Peoples  
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