twangy indie rock quartet, 10 p.m.
Jeff Kozelski is not the kind of guy to hide his influences. The Outervention singer and guitarist puts them out there for all to see, er, hear. Case in point: Mess Machine, the Outervention’s day-dreamy new LP, is in many ways a loving ode to the easy-listening alt-rock sounds of Ween, plus a stab of Elliot Smith and a flight of Wings-era McCartney. “I guess it’s really a sloppy mimic that turns out to be my style, like I almost sound like them but I don’t,” Kozelski says. “I don’t flat out take a chord progression from bands I like. It’s more getting the feel.” And boy oh boy, do he and his bandmates ever capture the feel of Ween’s more serious-minded songs, thanks in part to Mess Machine’s “Holy Mother,” “Bandstand,” and “Somebody,” three tracks that could have easily been outtakes from Gene and Dean Ween’s White Pepper and Quebec. Meanwhile, the specter of Elliot Smith rises on Mess’ “Don’t You Die on Me” and “Runaway,” two of the LP’s mellow gold highlights. In the end, Kozelski and company may be indebted to their influences, but dammit if they haven’t crafted a disc packed with an ample supply of quirky melodies and plenty of easy-breezy barefoot musicianship. —Chris Haire FRIDAY