With its thumping beats, sweeping vocals, and ’80s synth-rock vibe, Brooklyn, N.Y., trio Bear in Heaven lets its instruments and ideas take their course on the new “Time Is Over One Day Old,” an LP packed with songs equally suited to an aimless road trip or a disco-fueled house party. As the band makes its way to the Sinclair in Cambridge for a show on Thursday, we asked drummer Jason Nazary about his five favorite acts that originated in the Boston area.
1. Mission of Burma
Post-Punk; Active 1979-83; 2002-present. “I discovered them in college at [New England Conservatory of Music]. Really admire the engineering that goes into their music. [They have a] pop structure, but are also really different and open, with an aggressive punk melody as well.” Noted song: “Weatherbox”
2. Guerilla Toss
Disco-Jam; Active January 2012-present. “This is a newish band that I recently heard of. I’d describe them as if the funk and soul of James Brown had a baby with a
really noisy, hardcore punk group, and then you gave that baby some meth or acid.” Noted song: “Pink
Indie-Dance; Active June 2007-present. “I appreciate bands that are one genre but follow up with something off and different. [Rubblebucket] has a classic pop-y format, also kind of synth-y and edgy electronic with horns. It immediately grabs you, but follows with weirder undercurrents.” Noted song: “Sound of Erasing”
4. The Fringe
Jazz; Active 1972-present. “I’ve seen these guys at [the Lilypad] in Boston. Trio of older guys, great improvisers. Very free, open jazz that really shows a connection with each other beyond words.”
5. James Taylor
Singer-songwriter; Active 1966-present. “Don’t really know how to describe him other than his voice being so distinct.” Noted song: “Mexico”
Bear in Heaven performs at the Sinclair on Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. (Doors at 8 p.m.). Tickets: $14 advance/$16 day of. 773-271-6844, www.sinclaircambridge.com.