As soon as I say "In Deference to a Broken Back" was mixed by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, that becomes the main talking point by default.

As soon as I say "In Deference to a Broken Back" was mixed by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, that becomes the main talking point by default. But Vernon's Eau Claire homies have crafted a debut that stands on its own, a somewhat Braff-tastic collection of heartfelt guitar pop with clean tones and clever lyrics. Clem Snide comes to mind, but it's more buoyant and brilliant than that. Should be a fine straightforward complement to Black Swans and Couch Forts, who'll play Wednesday too.

-Chris DeVille