Alibi V.15 No.17 • April 27-May 3, 2006 

Music Magnified

The 88

with Matt Costa and Lowlights

The 88
The 88

Monday, May 1, Launchpad (21-and-over); $7: For those of us who just can't stop riding around on sunny summer days with friendly mod jams in the tape deck, The 88 is the next quencher. Hollywood is loving their grainy, under-produced '60s-esque albums, too. In addition to blowing though our chunk of desert, The 88 has landed a role on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (the episode is titled "Best Prom Ever") one week after hitting the Launchy stage.

The easygoing, feel-good nature of the material is not overwhelming, which seems to say, "Dance, if you want. Or don't. Whatever works." Singing mostly in falsetto, but without seeming strained, Keith Slettedahl produces a pretty, polished voice layered on spare backing.

It’s nothing you haven’t seen before but they do it to the nines, from the CD packaging to the sound. Tightly constructed songs, singable lyrics and good musicianship make these mods worth checking out.