Sherwood issue no apologies for their pop-chart aspirations, which is good, because mass appeal means never having to say you're sorry. Diligently filling their major-label supply list, these SoCal natives bring the requisite synth strings and glittering guitar hooks to the power-pop pantheon, adding just enough navel contemplation to make your younger sister swoon. It might take a trained ear and an eagle eye to tell Sherwood's Nate Henry from, say, Yellowcard's Ryan Key. But bust out your jeweler's lens, and it's obvious that Sherwood are the most melodic act yet to be green-lighted for mass production on MySpace Records. With three years of tireless touring and the hardest working autofriender on Facebook, Sherwood have the business savvy and musical sophistication to ensure more daily profile views than any band that ever performed by the light of a thousand raised cell-phones. With Houston Calls, the Higher, and We Shot the Moon. All ages.
Thu., March 13, 5 p.m., 2008