Float Away Friday with Poliça, the Ether Room
Despite this being the initial stop on their first nationwide tour, Poliça boast a musical pedigree that should be familiar to some. With a debut album, Give You the Ghost, produced by Ryan Olson of Gayngs, mixed by Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno, and featuring contributions from members of Bon Iver and Vampire Hands, it would be easy to jumble Poliça together with a myriad of fellow bands sprouting from Minneapolis's lush electro-soul scene. But where Gayngs can often sound like meandering smug parody, Poliça rev and throttle like an Auto-Tuned phoenix blasting into hyperspace. Two drummers lay down beats that frequently venture into roll-filled breakneck territory, while Channy Leaneagh's modulated voice tells the story of a breakup that muddles the line between sad and vindictive, with lyrics like "To think of my life without you/The hardest part is knowing that I'm happy" and "What's the story line of unraveling/How we form to make love fit." Expect Poliça to shake off whatever lovefests or pity parties are left over from Valentine's Day with a performance that boldly points to the future. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $11/$10 with club card.
IMPORT/EXPORT, THE ETHER ROOM
Io, Jupiter's innermost moon, has peaks that would loom over Mount Everest, and with close to 500 spewing volcanoes, Io is the solar system's most geologically active entity. Seattle group the Ether Room are not the most sonically active group ever, but on their song "Io," there always seems to be something going on that doesn't bare itself until repeated listens. Vocals undulate and creep in unexpectedly as the song goes through several murky, ambient movements over the course of five minutes. Ether members Hans Twite and Elli Felico call their band an improvisational project, so count on thoughtful and brooding ruminations that will still surprise you by the night's end. Josephine, 8 pm.