If you're not familiar with all of the Stopover bands, it may be easy to get confused, especially with so many groups choosing similar monikers. Learn the difference between a few of them with our handy guide:
10:30 p.m. Thursday, Club One
Less than a year old, this quartet of young, Philly based, psych-pop rockers consists of brothers Derek and Nic Sheehan, former Bleeding Fractals member Tom Anthony and Emily Cahill of Gypsy Death and You. They produce spiraling, '60s-influenced psychedelia laced with fuzzed-out guitars, spacey vocals and driving beats that induce a warm rush of free-falling bliss with each track. Weekender is one of the best examples of this brand of reverb-drenched, heavy dreampop out there now. Their self-released debut EP "Spanish Peaks" just got picked up by Brooklyn indie label PaperCup, and they're now working with producer Kyle "Slick" Johnson (Modest Mouse, Wavves). These guys (and gal) are definitely ones to watch. Not to be missed.
Midnight Thursday, City Coffee
Weekend has an unmistakable post-punk influence in the vein of Joy Division, but with perhaps not so cold of an edge around some of its dark corners. The group creates swirling melodies that swim in the deep-space, static-noise mixture of textured sounds and wistful lyrics that grumble and whisper in equal measures. There's a hopefulness that lurks in the shadows of their songs, but there's always a sense of longing that lingers - in the very best sense. It may be shallow to compare them to the also obvious Jesus and Mary Chain, and though there are distinct similarities, Weekend is not a retro act. They bring the best elements of old wave - similar to bands like The Soft Moon - and infuse them with something that feels so fresh, it's new again.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ellis Square
These Jackson, Miss.-based indie rockers formed their band in 2006 when the members were all between 14 and 16 years old. They've since refined their brand of Southern-soaked rock and soul and their current sound testifies to the solid evolution of their down-and-dirty bona fides within the last eight years. Though the subject matter of their songs tends to traffic in tales of life on the road and odes to the rural South, the band recently took the uncharacteristic action of posting their opposition to Mississippi state Senate bill SB 2681 on social media, likening the bill's discrimination against the LGBT community to the Jim Crow laws of old. Rock 'n' roll is all about freedom, y'all, and The Weeks know how to keep it real.
5 p.m. Friday, Hang Fire
The unfortunately named Tweens are in fact a trio of twenty-somethings from Cincinnati that produce jangly, lo-fi garage rock that's not like anything you'd ever hear on top 40 radio. They have a raw, youthful energy that burns all the way through songs like "Be Mean," where singer Bridget Battles warns in the refrain, "Your sweetness/Is killing me." This energy recently caught the attention of iconic rock goddess Kim Deal, who brought them along to open for the Breeders for a few tour dates last year. This year, you can hear their rebellious strain of rock 'n' roll in the proper confines of Hang Fire.
The Teen Age
6 p.m. Friday, Hang Fire
Yet another Brooklyn band on the rise. This four-piece group is just starting out and as yet don't have much of a body of work out so far, but they've been described by MTV's Buzzworthy as "Strokes-meets-Wavves garage guitars, Pulp-era Jarvis Cocker vocals and a dance party-ready chorus." They definitely have an indie garage rock flavor going on, with something of a doo-wop/bubble gum pop sensibility to their choruses. Since they only have a handful of tracks in their repertoire to date, it'll be interesting to see what kind of game The Teen Age brings to Hang Fire for Stopover.
10 p.m. Saturday, Club One
This all-female singer-songwriter foursome is comprised of the three Lieberson sisters - Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine - and their friend Jane Herships. Based in the hipster enclave of Brooklyn, these women make music that hovers somewhere between poppy kraut-rock melodies and songs that employ hazy, R&B-influenced hooks. Their tracks are rife with chirpy synthesizer licks, sharp kicking drums and happily droning guitars that perfectly compliment Teeny's beautifully distinct voice. TEEN easily traverses the distance from classic Erykah Badu, to '60s go-go grooves, to '80s synth-rock without ever losing their footing. Good stuff.