When: Fri., Dec. 5, 10 p.m. 2014
Within and Without, the 2011 debut by Washed Out, is emblematic of the indie rock moment anointed as “chillwave,” a subgenre tag so ham-fisted that it makes everyone cringe, and yet, as critics were begrudged to admit, a descriptor that spoke perfectly to its subject matter. People don’t really use it anymore, except sarcastically, but the love of reverb, synth washes, and blissful, arms-wide-open atmosphere are felt in the recent work of local bands such as Part-Time and Melted Toys. The fact that Washed Out is booked to DJ at 1015 Folsom (1015 Folsom St., San Francisco) this Friday isn’t surprising — the act’s strengths have always been artificial warmth and robotic consistency, which are some of the most desired traits in club music. That doesn’t cheapen Washed Out’s recordings, but it’s interesting that a lauded and momentarily dominant strain of indie rock bore more similarity to DJ mixing than anything — and now the two have aligned.