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At South by Southwest this year, the band Yuck‘s big, shoegaze-y sound had a lot of folks buzzing it being the next big thing. “Georgia,” off Yuck’s self-titled debut, runs a super-catchy pop melody across shredding and distorted guitars. Sadly, the band’s opening slot Friday at the Black Cat showed “Georgia” is the lone standout. Redundant melodies on top of distorted guitars seemed to rule. But they’re a young band, so here’s hoping Yuck can turn the potential shown on “Georgia” into something consistent.

As for headliner Tame Impala, I found myself pondering if their set list was just one song, given how it all seemed to sound the same. The band is obviously  competent, but boring jam-band rock is still boring jam-band rock, even with an indie-rock face and more guitar pedals and recorded loops than Dave Matthews or Phish.

Yuck

Tame Impala

(More photos from both sets can be found here.)