Mikal Cronin, Big Eyes, Jollapin Jasper
350 W Burnside St.
[POP ROCKS SUPERSTAR] You have to hand it to Merge Records. Wise label that it is, it isn’t trying to track down the next Spoon or Arcade Fire. Instead, the North Carolina-based imprint is throwing its considerable resources behind young, hungry talent like Mikal Cronin. Cronin has secured his place on the garage-rock walk of fame via his Pixy Stix-fueled pop group the Moonhearts and his frequent work backing up Ty Segall on tour and on record. But don’t discount Cronin’s work under his own name. His Merge debut, MCII (out in May), adds a folk-country element that glares out even when the fuzzbox is cranked up and tempos (and minds) are wicked high.
Address: 350 W Burnside St.