Belaire Plays Saturday Night at Hotel Vegas
Local band Belaire started out as a quartet back in 2004, when sisters Cari Palazzolo and Christa Palazzolo teamed up with Matt Simon and Jason Chronis of Voxtrot and released a self-titled, totally D.I.Y. EP in 2005. Their first full-length, Exploding, Impacting, followed in 2007. Fans were beside themselves with Belaire’s dream pop sound. The band was featured on filmmaker Nathan Christ‘s critically-acclaimed 2010 Austin music scene documentary Echotone.
Still, a few snags in the road came their way, eventually leading to a hiatus that lasted about five years. Voxtrot had broken up, and Christa left the band to pursue other endeavors. Belaire wasn’t exactly finished, but five years felt like a very long time.
Fortunately, the band returned and soon released their second full-length, Resonating Symphony, in April this year. Even after all that time, listening to the album makes you realize it was worth the wait. It’s a shimmering, blissful, beautifully-crafted summery treasure that is at once cinematic, orchestral and jangling with sublime indie-pop goodness.
This happens to be one of my all-time local favorites. You can see Belaire play Saturday night at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th St. Plus there’ll be spins by dynamic DJ duo The Shake (Chronis and Michael Selman of Breakaway Records) throughout the evening. Get there after 9 p.m. Highly recommended.