Staff Pick: Jaill’s power-pop laden with personality

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From the April 4, 2013 edition

Any genre as well-trodden as power-pop is all about personality at this point, and Jaill has it. As if the strange arrangements and resplendent classic rock melodies weren’t enough to separate last year’s Sub Pop sophomore effort Traps from the pack, here are some lyrics: “Everyone’s a bitch tonight/ I must admit that I’ve been feeling like I want to die/ I’ll be alright.” There are undoubtedly other bands running Big Star, Bowie and the rest of the ’70s greats through a ramshackle Pavement filter, but few of them have songs like Jaill’s. If you loved Foxygen’s retro-mining debut album but wish it was slightly skewed, Jaill’s show Sunday with The Washington Beach Bums and The Altered States of the United Snakes might be for you.