"Sleepyhead" - Passion Pit (Feb. 3, Black Cat)
This blog buzz band describes its sound as "blissed-out, euphoric pop that uses a lot of electronics." As we told you yesterday, the show is not sold out.
"Owen's Heart" (video) - The Laughing Man (Feb. 7, Velvet Lounge)
I caught this band on inauguration night at the Brightest Young Things 92-hour party and was immediately intrigued by the moody, minimal arrangements and vocals. Imagine a more stripped-down, ragged version of the Walkmen and you might be close.
"Come Saturday" - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Feb. 9, Black Cat)
Holy C-86! Leave it to resurrected Slumberland Records to find this New York band that hits every indie-pop/shoegaze sweet spot there is.
"Doves and Stones" - Gary Louris and Mark Olson (Feb. 10, Birchmere)
The two songwriters who formed the core of Americana faves the Jayhawks have reunited to make more tuneful, slighty twangy alt-country.
"Mount Hope" - Pygmy Lush (Feb. 17, Black Cat)
Not all hardcore bands would switch things up and attempt to make an album of ramshackle front-porch folk. And that's probably for the best. But Pygmy Lush did just that and the results are all as pleasing as this 90-second ditty.
"Throw Your Hands Up" - The So So Glos (Feb. 17, The Red & the Black)
This New York group does its best to channel the Clash and ends up with a bratty, catchy, screamy punk tune that probably sounds best in a tiny club.
"I Got a Woman" - C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (Feb. 18, Wolf Trap)
A member of zydeco's royal family charges through a high-octane live version of the Ray Charles classic. More washboard!
"Knickerbocker" - Fujiya and Miyagi (Feb. 19, 9:30 club)
"Vanilla, strawberry, knickerbocker glory." After listening to this insistent electro-rocker you'll have that line stuck in your head for a long while even though you won't have any idea what it actually means.
"Plate Tectonics" - The Old Ceremony (Feb. 26, Iota)
This Raleigh, N.C., group regularly gigs at Iota, where it will celebrate the release of its new album, "Walk on Thin Air," a collection of smart, "pop noir" songs.
"Fear" - Benjy Ferree (Feb. 28, Black Cat)
The best local album of the year? It's certainly the early leader. Ferree leaves the dusty folk-rock behind for a glammed up, T. Rex-inspired sound on "Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee."
"Un Dia" - Juana Molina (Feb. 28, Iota)
You can hear elements Tropicalia and the African trance music made famous (you know, relatively speaking) by Konono No. 1 in this addictive track from the Argentinian singer.
"This Old Road" (YouTube video) - Kris Kristofferson (Feb. 28, Sixth and I Synagogue)
The outlaw country star/actor/general badass proves that he's still got it on this somber title track from his most recent album.
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