There is a familiar ring to XVSK's sound. Maybe it's lead singer-cellist Trevor Exter's vocals that suggest artists like Jack Johnson. Imagine "Brushfire Fairytales" driven by a cello instead of an acoustic guitar and this may partially paint the XVSK picture. Formed in 2009, the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based duo's musical roots are diverse. Drummer John Morgan Kimock is a second-generation rocker whose father performed with several Grateful Dead-affiliated bands. Exter is influenced by the world beat of Argentina and Brazil. Together the members of XVSK (Exter vs. Kimock) are purveyors of a fine blend of indie cello blues rock that should get you in the mood for the upcoming Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
XVSK performs Wednesday, June 6, 9 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. $3. 292-9940, lovincup.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR