The company a band keeps is not always indicative of its current stature or ultimate potential. Jimi Hendrix once opened for The Monkees, as one example.
But in the case of The Districts — an indie rock quartet that shares Philadelphia lineage with The War on Drugs and Dr. Dog, and label representation with past Andrew Bird and Black Keys releases — its company may indeed be prescient. The Rob Grote-led outfit’s brand of sincere yet searing garage fuzz evokes pieces of all of the aforementioned, and will have such on display when the band finds Buffalo at 8 p.m. April 13 to play Babeville’s 9th Ward.
But with the recent release of single “Ordinary Day,” the rising band reveals the same versatile capabilities as its peers as well. Building off early material from the self-released “Telephone” and its Fat Possum Records debut, 2015’s “A Flourish and a Spoil,” the release proves the Keystone State collective as apt to deliver poignant, anthemic cuts as it is to wildly jaunt through a winding joust of spaced-out Fenders. It’s a harmonious dichotomy not easily achieved, but mastered by acts like My Morning Jacket — who already have booked the like-styled Districts to open shows on its summer tour. This pairing should sound appropriate.
Fellow Philadelphian Abi Reimhold will open. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door), and can be purchased via ticketweb.com or the Babeville Box Office.