Named after the tiny pests that infested their basement growing up—at one point climbing inside their snare drum—the Box Elders' McIntyre brothers make music of an unvarnished quality that befits the name. The Omaha trio describes their sound as "cave pop," which seems oddly fitting, especially once you hear the endearingly sloppy tunes on its 45 from Grotto Records. Their choice of that bygone format is also appropriate, since their music infuses the bounciness of '50s and '60s pop with the raw pathos of the Stooges. With France Has the Bomb, Leisure Birds, and the Real Numbers. 21+.
Fri., Feb. 27, 9 p.m., 2009