by John Schacht
A colleague summed up the local trio led by guitarist/singer Casey Malone thusly: "Jad Fair/Alex Chilton/Dirty Projectors goodness." That's pretty close to the mark since you'll find elements of Fair's unself-conscious honesty (and a bit of his reedy squeal), Chilton's minor-key pop sensibilities, and the DP's fractured structures and string accents in Malone's quirky and ultimately quite beautiful songs. We hear a release is nearly in the can, too, which will present its own evidence. With The Bear Romantic and The Dirty Special. $5. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com.