Made By Elaborate Process (independent)

Rating: NNN

One of last year’s NXNE quiet successes, Japan’s OK City OK return to the festival with a sophomore album in tow and plans to distribute it in North America.

If this collection of distortion-fuelled spiky pop is any indicator, it’s a well-laid plan. Texan expat Kay Grace brings along some weird wit, while drummer girl Y Shiva thrashes the skins and Tom Suzuki supplies guitar that veers from jarring and distorted to woozy and subtle.

Soundchecking Soundgarden and as much as they paw Pavement, OK City OK’s musical identity crisis is their strength.

Ok City OK play the Silver Dollar Friday (June 13) at 9 pm.

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