That Starfucker can pack midsize venues all across the country is an exceptional feat when you think about it. Here's an indie band that has received virtually no love from new-media gatekeepers like Pitchfork and Stereogum, and has a name that's unspeakable and unprintable by the old-media gatekeepers. How do they do it? By writing very danceable psych-pop songs, performing them with gusto, and letting word of mouth take it from there. The Portland, Oregon, act's latest, 2011's Reptilians
, splits the difference between the hit-heavy first MGMT album and the outer-space wall of sounds of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
. Side note: Say hi to Mike Nolte if you bump into him; the Ghosty bassist and local recording engineer is running sound for the band on this tour.
Starfucker, tonight, Monday, October 29, at the Granada.