Yet another indie-pop band hailing from New York, Cults provided a pleasant mid-afternoon surprise, especially as I wasn’t wowed by last year’s self-titled debut. Led by driving forces Brian Oblivion on guitar and Madeline Follin on vocals, the group delivered a solid set of soulful pop resonant of a hundred great, dusty 45s from the early ’60s that you almost can name but can’t quite put your finger on. Much like West Coast kindred spirits Best Coast, that’s because the band brings a fresh exuberance to these familiar sounds, making them their own, and winning your heart with the charming personality, arresting presence and powerful voice of Follin.
“Are you trying to sound like a 12-year-old girl singing into her curling iron?” my Sound Opinions colleague Greg Kot ungraciously Tweeted. Hey, dude, lighten up!