Tonight's low temperature is expected to be around 70 degrees.
We need a chillwave.
What better reason to head to Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale tonight to experience Toro y Moi, one of the foremost artists in the chillwave genre.
Oh, you didn't know that "chillwave" was a genre. You thought it was a period of cool weather. Or the hand gesture you get from the ex as he/she walks away.
Keep up, man! What are you, a beatnik?
Let's let Steve Chab, aspiring local music producer and songwriter, tell us about chillwave.
"It was kind of born out the love and passion of '80s new wave music, but rehashed and made with modern techniques," said Mr. Chab, 27, of Castle Shannon. "A lot of chillwave samples anything. Kind of like hiphop. It samples whatever music inspires you to take it and make it your own."
Chillwave is heavy on the reverb and echo with drums and synthesizer.
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"I first heard of it about two or three years ago," said Mr. Chab, who is studying music technology and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. "There's this TV show -- 'Portlandia' -- and the theme music from the show was 'Feel It All Around' by Washed Out. He kind of was at the forefront of it."
In fact, if you look up "chillwave" in Wikipedia, you'll find Washed Out (real name: Ernest Greene) listed among "primary acts to fit the genre," right there after Toro y Moi.
Toro y Moi is the multilingual stage name of Chazwick Bradley Bundick, a South Carolina artist who has produced three albums and was named by Fuse TV as one of the must-see artists at SXSW.
His own Wikipedia entry describes his music as "electronic, synthpop, chillwave, indie pop, funk."
Obviously, he would hate to be pigeonholed.
"The reason I like [chillwave] is it feels like you're sunbathing," said Mr. Chab. "Kind of just lying in the sun, just soaking in goodness. I don't know. That's kind of how it feels, and the feeling is what attracts me to the genre."
Mr. Chab said he and a friend have tried their hand at a chillwave track or two, their best effort borrowing from Toto's "Africa."
"It came out really well," he said, though he's not certain chillwave is a genre that he'd want to be stuck in.
"We did it as an experiment. We made a chillwave track just to see if we could do it."
Naturally, we'd hate to be left out of things like a chillwave movement. Is that possible here in Pittsburgh?
"Yes, I think we're on an equal playing field with any other city, regardless of our size," Mr. Chab said. "I mean, with the Internet nowadays and all the colleges bringing all kinds of young people into the city, I don't think we're at a loss for good music at all."
Sample chillwave tonight with Toro y Moi -- appearing with Toxie -- at 7 p.m. at Mr. Smalls Theater, 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale. Cover is $17.
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"Say That" -- Toro y Moi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGmfOsdla2Y
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