China, the excellent project of Jeff Moller, Michael James Tapscott, and Raphi Gottesman, just released their second EP, Towards the Sun. The trio performs together in Odawas, but this project is much more roots-based than the spacey Odawas vibes. Although everyone takes their turn on lead vocals, but there’s plenty of delightful harmony where everyone gets a chance to sing, (although the boys in China aren’t sure why they’re there if you believe what they say on “May 21”.) Alleged confusion aside, China does a damn fine job making this kind of music:

China has a pair of shows coming up at two relatively new Oakland venues: first at The Hatch for an Oakland Drops Beats show May 9, followed by an opening slot for Simon Joyner at The Octopus Literary Salon.

We All Together Presents: Idea the Artist, Eight Belles, M. Lockwood Porter, China, pod bpod
The Hatch
May 9, 2015
6pm, Free

Simon Joyner, China
Octopus Literary Salon
May 16, 2015
7pm, $15