For Your Ears
Anberlin, The Maine, Lydia, From Indian Lakes
Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Anberlin rode the high tides of pop rock in the mid-to-late 2000s and continues to stand out amongst their bubblegum comrades. While the band has leaned back against genre tropes like handclaps and children choirs, there’s a level of authenticity from the band that’s difficult to describe.
For Your Consideration: “Godspeed” provides a juicy bite of 2007-era pop-punk goodness, with loud “whoa-oh-oh’s” and overdramatic lyrics that were prime for reposting on Myspace bulletins.
Code Orange Kids, Loathe, Against the Odds
Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ticket price at the door
Hardcore punk trio Code Orange Kids play music that bites and bites often. The bass lines pound thick and the guitars crunch along with the percussion. Lead singers Reba Morgan and Eric Balderose exchange harsh vocals with a fashion akin to artists like Converge and Ceremony.
For Your Consideration: Code Orange Kids’ “Flowermouth (The Leech)” is a two-minute rollercoaster, lurching one way as Morgan opens the track screaming herself coarse, and ending with a 30 second calming guitar drone.
And So I Watch You From Afar, This Town Needs Guns, Mylets
Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
Don’t get lost behind labels like “post-rock” and “math rock” — plain and simple, And So I Watch You From Afar plays loud catchy music. This Northern Ireland four-piece tends to rock hard for minutes and minutes on end with little to no lyrics.
For Your Consideration: “If It Ain’t Broke…Break It” starts at a runner’s jog, picks up the pace to a sprint of drum beats and guitar lines, and crescendos to a halt with dueling guitar solos.
Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm, Sweet Weapons
Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Into It. Over It. lead singer Evan Thomas Weiss is a very busy man. As the frontman for Into It. Over It., Pet Symmetry, Their/They’re/There, and Stay Ahead of the Weather, Weiss has crafted and perfected his own slice of emo pop-punk. Of his four bands, Into It. Over It. stand out thanks to sing-along choruses and uplifting guitar lines.
For Your Consideration: I’m a sucker for songs that build and build and build, and “Midnight: Carroll Street” does so beautifully. This track ends with a crescendo of guitar and piano, while Weiss shouts the repeated line “you will find me.”
Twin Forks, Matrimony
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m.
Think Dashboard Confessional meets folk music and you’ll have a good idea as to how Twin Forks sound. Sure, while the band shoots for big choruses and lyrics so round and vague that would make Mumford and Sons blush, Twin Forks can be great in short spoonfuls.
For Your Consideration: “Back to You” skips along with a handful of different plucked strings and provides a group chorus that has the potential to create a nasty earworm.
Spindrift, The Klondikes, The 5 Star Motelles
Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.
Psychedelic rock group Spindrift brings an ominous level of classic American rock that’s fitting to hear before Halloween. Expect whirling guitar pedals, rich and drifting vocals and rattling maracas at this show.
For Your Consideration: “Drifter’s Pass” is eight minutes of theatrical rock, with guitars ringing in the distance and low-pitched thick vocals interspersed.