Montreal indie-poppers Islands cut loose on their third LP, Vapours, using Auto-Tune (on "Heartbeat"), lush percussion, and (gasp!) the occasional major key. While they didn't necessarily make a better record than 2008's moody, occasionally contemplative Arm's Way, they certainly made a record that will sound better when played live. Opener Jemina Pearl, former frontgal for Nashville garage popsters Be Your Own Pet, followed a similar path on her solo debut, Break It Up. She sounds positively giddy on "I Hate People" (which features Iggy Pop) and, similarly to Islands, has an instant single in a song called "Heartbeats." With Toro y Moi.
Thu., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., 2009