Eight Gigs: Ex-Rippers
Thu., April, 20, 8 p.m., Blue Lamp, $8
The indie-pop infused tunes by the Ex-Rippers have that jangly, road-trip sound that paints an audio picture of summer skies and jaw-dropping sunsets. Pensive lyrics delivered by slacker-esque vocals sung in unison make it clear that those hazy, atmospheric sunsets are the result of smog-filled air, the same inhaled by our lungs and sickening our heads and hearts. The message is not just that beauty is fleeting; it also has consequence. They say it best in song, Misery: “Don’t get caught up in your love, no, no, no.” They release the EP Extra Natural at this show. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.facebook.com/theexrippers.