Facs Credit: Zoran Orlic

Trouble in Paradise, a meeting of the minds between tastemaking Chicago label Trouble in Mind Records and North Carolina’s heady Paradise of Bachelors, takes place over the same weekend as Riot Fest, but this intimate Empty Bottle-based festival offers a musical and philosophical opposite to its sprawling counterpart. There’s no nostalgia, overhyped reunions, or overblown egos, just some of the freshest, most innovative, and most interesting indie-rock sounds out there. The distinctive identities of the two labels are represented across the festival, with a mix of artists from both rosters appearing each night. The kickoff show on Thursday is all local: art-rock three-piece Facs bring their all-encompassing darkness to the headlining slot, while postpunks Negative Scanner, garage-meets-power-pop band Ethers (Thursday is a record release/tour -kickoff show for them), and folk-rock singer-songwriter James Elkington open. Night two gets more cerebral, with psychedelic folk groups the Weather Station, Gun Outfit, and Olden Yolk along with Paris band En Attendant Ana, who eschews all indie-rock conventions. And between sets, Matchess performs from a “side stage” located on the venue floor. The final night is topped off by brainy, surgical Atlanta postpunks Omni, who are supported by Omaha scuzz-rocker David Nance as well as Nap Eyes, a duo of Nathan Bowles and Jake Xerxes Fussell, and acid-folk guitarist Kayla Cohen, who plays as Itasca; meanwhile Amps for Christ performs on the side stage. Neither Trouble in Mind nor Paradise of Bachelors is the type of label to release bad shit, and this weekend is like a best-of-the-best showcase of their incredible acts.   v