The endearing Indie Pop of The Donkeys is built on a variety of influences (they have a sitar and aren’t afraid to use it), but tying it all together are cranium-snuggling melodies and a gauzy, warm feel that conjures images of a chilled drive to a Pacific Coast beach and cranking up some ’70s AM radio gold on the car stereo. The band formed just over a decade ago in San Diego (which explains the beach vibe), and has released four albums to increased acclaim since. The group’s most recent album was 2014’s mesmerizing Ride the Black Wave, which was likened by critics to Pavement, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Grateful Dead upon its release (though the band’s sound shape-shifts so often, pinning it down with comparisons can be misleading). Black Wave was reportedly completed in 2012, but delayed after The Donkeys left the Dead Oceans label to join the roster of the new L.A. imprint, Easy Sound Recording Company. The delay also pushed back the release of a new Donkeys’ EP (now slated for later this year), so fans will probably hear at least a few new tunes during the band’s MPMF set.
You'll Dig It If You Dig: The Elephant 6 Indie Pop collective goes on a company retreat to a tropical island, but ends up just chilling out on the beach and doing endless bong hits instead of lame team-building exercises. (MB)