Defcon 5...4...3...2...1. These space-suited maniacs have occasionally sent clones (of both genders) of themselves on tour in the past, but reportedly they will show up in fleshly form tonight. Portland chanteuse Sallie Ford recently traded in her rootsy boy band, The Sound Outside, for a new all-gal backup combo, but her intelligently romantic lyrics and fiery vocals still torch hazy indie-pop tunes such as "Hey Girl."
Man or Astro-man? supposedly come from Alabama, but the quartet's soaring instrumentals sound as if they emerge from somewhere in deep space. There are strong riptides of Earthly surf music pulling new tracks such as "Electric Arc" and "Antimatter Man" far out to sea, but the tempos are pushed along with ravaging punk-rock intensity throughout much of MOA's latest album,