Minor Alps, The Upsidedown, Melville

When: Sat., Nov. 9, 7 p.m. 2013


Get There seems a natural symbiosis for Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. Both singers' malleable voices intertwine in seamless harmonies throughout the debut album from their new collaboration, Minor Alps. It'd be easy to cast the melding of these two in a nostalgic light—some sort of '90s revisionist prism. But that would ignore how genuinely great a lot of the songs are on Get There. Whether it's Hatfield taking the lead, as on "I Don't Know What to Do with My Hands," or more often when it's a syrupy combination of both voices, as on "Far From the Roses," the tandem recalls the affecting power-pop of Caws' band Nada Surf, while also tempering the tendencies of the quiet-loud-quiet dynamic that define Hatfield's most popular material. The duo also dabbles in electronics on "If I Wanted Trouble," and later, "Mixed Feelings" blows the lid off the whole thing with a punk-rock tear-up. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $16-18

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