Savannah Stopover is looming, like Christmas in late November.
The three-day festival (March 6-8) will indubitably bring Savannah lots of presents.
In the eccentric mix of bands stopping by on their way to SXSW are Montreal, Quebec's Each Other and Baltimore's Wye Oak.
Wye Oak is Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. The duo's fourth studio album, "Shriek," is set for an April 29 release date on Merge Records.
The indie pop/rock band has an atypical setup.
Stack rocks drums with his feet and a hand, keyboards with the other hand and sings backup, while Wasner leads the vocals and plays guitar, normally.
For the latest album, a follow-up to 2011's "Civilian," Wasner replaced her distorted guitar with a bass.
The result of Wasner's bass-led songwriting is wildly wonderful. Stack's keys work in syncopated tandem with Wasner's bass on the new single "The Tower" is delightfully dissonant and resolves sweetly around Wasner's voice.
Wye Oak formed in 2006, and after an independent release ("If Children"), the band was signed to Merge Records. "Civilian" has had a share of success.
The title track from "Civilian" has appeared in a feature film, "Safety Not Guaranteed," and several television shows, including "The Walking Dead," "Being Human" and "One Tree Hill."
While Wye Oak (a name inspired by the state tree of Maryland) can write neat indie pop, thankfully, they digress into atmospheric folk rock with a prodigious sound that seems incapable of only two people. Wye Oak is scheduled to play at the Knights of Columbus at 11:30 p.m. March 6.
Each Other will drop its debut album, "Being Elastic," on March 4 on the Lefse Records label. They are set play an all-ages show at City Coffee at 9 p.m. March 8.
"Being Elastic" is a 12-track variance of harmonic dissonance, a rhythm roller coaster with vocal harmonizations that echo the psychedelic pop of the late 1960s. The guitar-driven easy pop finds beauty in simple melodies, often hidden within the chordal disharmony.
Comprised of Mike Wright, Christian Simmons and Brad Looughhead, Each Other is a formidable crackle pop group that is a product of the recent Canadian invasion. Heralded as the new Animal Collective, they can be easily grouped with similar Northern sensations Arcade Fire and Mozart's Sister.
Both Wye Oak and Each Other are on the cusp of the indie pop-rock scene that is slowly (too slowly) beginning to replace the autotuned half-naked pop stars currently leading the radio charts - fitting additions to Stopover.
Learn more about the lineup at www.savannahstopover.com.