Despite what a new crop of musical pranksters may have you believe, earnestness in indie rock has not been beaten dead by a troop of day-glo soldiers on their way to the disco—not if Alex Church has anything to say about it. A founding member of New York band Irving, Church formed Sea Wolf as an outlet for songs that didn't quite gel with his primary band's style. Sea Wolf explores avenues of string-laden chamber-pop and pastoral folk, pairing them with honest, personal lyrics. Now the side project threatens to overshadow Church's other band, partially the result of an affecting (but nonthreatening) debut album produced by Phil Ek, whose work with Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes catapulted those bands into the limelight. With earnest indie still forging ahead, can Sea Wolf generate a live performance stirring enough to catch up to the buzz of their peers? With Port O'Brien and Sara Lov. 18+.
Tue., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2009