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With Creatures, Athens' Elf Power releases another darkly poppish masterstroke

But Rieger's lyrics are the stuff of fan-site essays and water-cooler deconstruction by indie rockers. The band is a veritable kook magnet.

"In Los Angeles, these young teenagers came up that were obviously tripping on acid," he says. "One of them proceeded to tell me that he listens to Elf Power and stops breathing and goes into this alternate dimension for like six hours at a time, and he's dead and floating around, and he claims to have spoken to me in this dimension."

For all the interest in the band's music — some of which verges on the obsessive — Rieger and company remain pretty laid-back. They are Southerners, after all. "To me, Elephant 6 has always been a group of friends that kind of play on each other's records and have a similar aesthetic," he says. "That's just the people who live in Athens."

Elf Power: Communing with sidewalk sprites and acid freaks.
Elf Power: Communing with sidewalk sprites and acid freaks.

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Scheduled to perform Saturday, June 8. Showtime is 9 p.m. for the all-ages show.
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