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Young Sean Young, Poweshiek, Snow Panda 

When: Sun., Aug. 30, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $8



THE PINHOOK, DURHAM—For years, the producer and DJ Jon Yu and The Rosebuds co-founder Ivan Howard lived on the same quiet residential street a few miles from downtown Raleigh. They were friends, too, having met in a shared band rehearsal room not long after The Rosebuds relocated from Wilmington and just before they signed to Merge Records. And over the years, Yu occasionally lent Howard production help, showing him the ins and outs of some software tools and contributing a cut to a 2008 Rosebuds remix record. But it took a decade and Howard's cross-country move to Portland, Oregon, and then Los Angeles for Yu and Howard to put together a proper project of their own. And it's taken three years since their first and only show together to come up with the name Young Sean Young, to schedule more dates and to, at last, have an album nearly ready for release.

"It's this collaborative art project. I'll make a beat and send it to him, or he'll make a beat and sound it to me," explains Yu. "It's all produced using sequencers and drum machines and synthesizers—definitely a big departure for us both."

But the languid "Hairdresser," the duo's first released tease, actually reinforces the style of some of Howard's recent endeavors. Over a rising beat built with eerie organ slices and mutated laugh samples, Howard plays the part of futuristic soulman. He pleads with his stylist to "do whatever you want ... just lean my head back," his hook powered by the same Southern ease as The Rosebuds. But his movement in the track recalls his time spent leading the smooth-rock supergroup Gayngs and even The Rosebuds' full-length cover of Sade's Love Deluxe, part of which Yu co-produced.

"These songs sound like they all come from these alternate personalities of Ivan. He likes so many things, and he's an avid reader and consumer of art," says Yu. "He's got this world in his head."

Young Sean Young, as they call the project, is currently prepping a full-length release alongside Hometapes. They've yet to set a date, but the label says that the duo's upcoming Triangle shows—first in Durham, then at Hopscotch—are "part of the reveal of what's to come." With Poweshiek and Snow Panda. 8 p.m., $8, 117 W. Main St., Durham, 919-667-1100, —Grayson Haver Currin



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