Although it would be a much more dramatic way to start this review, saying "a sea of flannel enveloped the Middle East Downstairs last night" would be an exaggeration. But there were, for reals, kind of a lot of people wearing flannel huddled around the stage upon which a tuft of bushy black hair scrunched under a leather baseball cap lightly bopped back-and-fourth nearby an appropriately-flannel-clad guitarist with terrible posture.
By the time Trevor Powers a/k/a YOUTH LAGOON released his September debut album, The Year of Hibernation, there was already a substantial amount of hype
surrounding the dude's lo-fi bedroom project. The 22-year-old
was the Idaho pick for our 50 Bands 50 States feature in July, for one,
and that was back when only a pair of his hazy, cassette-quality tracks