Toxie stirs up genres of garage rock and dream pop, birthing a style that's both distinct and flavorful. The vocals keep on the straight and narrow while meandering guitar riffs spice up the proceedings with an airy tone. The whole affair sounds effortless, and how could it not with members from Magic Kids and Coasting on the frontlines? The songs all sport palpable hooks that stay in line with beats both direct and simple. Toxie injects a modern psychedelia into its decidedly Memphis indie rock. The sound that results comes across as warm, hospitable and unabashedly charming.
First to Show, Last to Go: Brainstems might be just as good a reason as any to attend. The band has broken out in recent months with unapologetic guitar rock that harks back to the genre's glory days in a big way. Bruiser Queen hits hard with femme-fronted fervor.