Like his paradoxical moniker, rural Wisconsin-born Brooklyn transplant Alex Schaaf combines kaleidoscopic vocal loops, sparse drums, and electronics into a bubblegum whole with a nuanced, dark edge. Charting unexplored territory somewhere between Grizzly Bear, Elliott Smith, and the Tallis Scholars, his recent release and record label debut The Mistress is a testament to the power of GarageBand—Schaaf’s peripatetic studio included a movie theater, an office, a dorm room, and his own bedroom. He enlists We Are Scientists drummer Michael Tapper to join him in the echo chamber, by turns expansive and claustrophobic, but Schaaf can do something an ostrich can’t: defy gravity. With Parlovr, Exitmusic, and Caged Animals.
Fri., Aug. 19, 8:30 p.m., 2011