Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Aer/RDGLDGRN/New Beat Fund

When: Tue., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. 2014

Aer, a young DIY group out of Boston, plays a heady mix of hip-hop, indie rock and reggae. The duo David von Mering and Carter Schultz champion a light rap style accompanied by whimsical beats on their 2011 debut EP What You Need. The following year, they released their first full length album,The Bright Side. While their early work is full of feel good tracks and good vibes like their laid-back summer jam “Take It Wrong," Aer’s latest self-titled release gets dark. Almost two years in the making, Aer retains the cheerful energy in tracks like the upbeat clap-along power pop love song “Says She Loves Me.” They also crank up the bass lines and quirky synth solos in “Pretty Lady.” Turning to serious territory, the breakup anthem “I’m Not Sorry” sets the mood with strumming acoustic guitars and shimmering synths, while the tragic “Above My Floor” portrays a man getting so high he thinks he’s a ghost. Von Meering has said he wants his fans to know the good and bad sides of Aer, just as friends would. In the vein of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Aer is not signed to a record label, opting to handle all of the production of their music themselves. (Eric Gonzalez)

Price: $15 ADV, $18 DOS

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