Hundred Waters to wash over audience with new ethereal pop

Nicole Miglis’ new band, Hundred Waters, with, from left, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, Miglis and Sam Moss, will perform Tuesday on a bill with San Francisco’s Tycho and New York’s Beacon at Double Down Live. (COURTESY OF CHRIS HILLMAN)

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.

This could be it; Nicole Miglis could catapult Gainesville’s music scene once again into the national spotlight. Earlier this month, Miglis released a six-song EP, called, well, “EP,” which is perhaps the best 18 minutes of music that this town has heard in a while, a long while. It’s so eerie how good this music is.

It’s almost hard to believe that this music could come from any tangible place. It’s delicate, but lush. It feels like running through a field of colors. This is the real deal. If you want some comparisons, the easiest would be Bjork and Fleet Foxes had four-to-seven children together, raised them with Natalie Merchant, and sent them off to Narnia to produce one of the best bands in the state.

Miglis, along with her five friends, Zach Tetreault, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Sam Moss and Allen Scott make up the new band Hundred Waters. You’d be wise to remember this name. While the band may be new, these musicians aren’t strangers to the music scene. You’d probably recognized all of them from Levek, although they’ve each done quite a few projects separately (Tryon has his own solo project aptly named, Trayer, which Tetreault and Giese also play with).

This is an exciting time, considering that Hundred Waters is playing a bunch of shows coming up, including one with San Francisco’s Tycho (which is kind of like a throwback to early ’80s sci-fi synth-rock with a bit of Kings of Convenience) and New York’s Beacon, (ambient electronica with surprising pop hooks) on Tuesday night at Double Down Live starting at 9 p.m.

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But if you want to get a jump-start on your musical weekend and listen to some great hip-hop, you really couldn’t go wrong with DJ Luminous (dancehall, reggae), John Q. (trip-hop), Swag House Ent. (award-winning hip-hop), O.N.E., Folle De Ville, 8th Ave., Krucial, Lexi Lex, Ceno G. and Weatha B., all starting at 8 tonight at 1982 Bar.

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If you’re in an alternative-rock mood, tonight’s show at Double Down offers Red Paper Birds, Heart Prevails (alt-rock), Uneven Lanes (Sarasota’s most exciting teen-rock band), and the women-pop-punk group Autumn Empire starting at 9 p.m.

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If sometimes you say to yourself, “Man, I could really use a bizarre night of music,” then look no further than tonight’s show at The Laboratory, with New York’s response to Joy Division on downers, EarthMasters, and Human+Plus, which is essentially the same thing but if they were on uppers, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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WGOT is having an anniversary show featuring Whiskey and Co. (alt-country with an emphasis on the country), Post Teens (crunk rock), and the rag-time, piano-pop duo, The Boswellians, on Friday night at the Atlantic starting at 9 p.m.

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And if tonight’s hip-hop show wasn’t enough for you, please do yourself a favor and go see Mr. Gainesville Hip-Hopper himself, D.P., along with Daytona’s own, Swampboy Slim, and Movers, Shakers and Believers, on Friday night at Double Down starting around 9 p.m.

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The rock quartet Passafire, from Savannah, Ga., will be coming to town along with the reggae/rock group, Sidereal, and the Coquina Kings on Saturday at Double Down starting at 9 p.m.

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If you like that new-fangled punk-bluegrass sound or newgrass, then you are in for a treat. The Hackensaw Boys! from Charlottesville, Vir., will be performing along with local favorites, Greenland is Melting and Nook and Cranny, on Wednesday at Double Down starting at 8 p.m.

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And last but certainly not least, the Athens-based indie-dance troupe, Reptar, will be playing with Pressed And (ambient electronic), Ghost Fields (SUPER ambient electronic), the noise trio Praything and local experimental extraordinaires Jazz Prison, starting at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Laboratory.

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