For its summer 2023 edition, Outline matches the season with a lineup that embraces sweaty and surreal strains of modern indie rock, avant punk, and art-damaged pop. Tracing dark undercurrents below breezy, jangly surfaces, Crumb and Palm each present their own startling views of psych-rock, evoking by turns the melted and glistening. U.S. Girls brings an urgent, politically satirical take on synth-pop that draws on strains of 60s psychedelia, 80s funk, and 90s shoegaze. Grace Ives and Club Intl define pop music on their own terms as well, performing with a controlled urgency and unflinching hookiness. Model/Actriz and Pelada bring a jagged fury to the mix, with snarling, catalyzing rawness.
Together, this lineup represents the vanguard of independent rock and its many extensions, in an undeniably fertile and creative moment.