Consider yourself docked a number of hipster points if this Queens crew ain’t on your radar yet. You have to give ’em credit for mixing dreamy chorales, banjos, and laptops without making it sound like a mess or just a willfully weird stew—they actually make a homey version of baroque pop that Brian Wilson could and should appreciate. And if the singer bites Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard a bit, at least he’s more creative about it than Owl City. With Animal Tropical and Still Life Still.
Wed., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010