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Autonomics, The Fontaine Classic, The Holy Child 

When: Fri., Feb. 1, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Formed in Chico and now residing in Portland, the duo of singer/guitarist Tyler Mehlhaff and drummer Frank Roehr are the Fontaine Classic, and their debut full-length, Latest Faith, originally made its way to the Mercury office as a five-song EP. Now augmented by a further five tracks (both halves are available on Bandcamp separately), Latest Faith is an album proper, and one that's available on vinyl from Flipside Records. It's an appealingly skewed collection of homespun rock that evokes moss and clouds and creaking wooden floors—in other words, these Chico boys fit right in here. The Fontaine Classic's best moments are often their weirdest, like the attic jazz of "All That Space" or the super-close-up sound of lead track "Tourist," which gives the impression that Mehlhaff is singing directly into your ear. The band's newer material is reportedly more dance-oriented, which does seem a stretch from the vine-like tendrils of folk that entwine Latest Faith, but the Fontaine Classic's sense of adventure should take them far. NED LANNAMANN

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