Many modern bands with CSNY harmonies end up sounding like misplaced cowboys, more prone to hailing cabs than herding cattle. It's evident that Brooklyn's Yeasayer have a strong sense of musical history, but they manage to shake the dust off the boots of roots rock's greatest rather than merely indulging in hero worship. This is because Yeasayer are constantly looking forward, as singer Chris Keating sings in "2080": "I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into." Likewise, in "Final Path," off the band's Sunrise EP, Yeasayer pull synthesizers worthy of a sci-fi soundtrack into a retro backbone to create a fresh look into the tried and true. It's a must-see glimpse into the future of bohemian chic. With Man Man. 18+.
Fri., April 18, 8 p.m., 2008