Varsity Theater

Stockholm's Shout Out Louds made every effort to be huge in Minneapolis, stopping here four times in 2005 while on tour for their excellent debut, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. But that love affair must have dried up a bit, since the band has only been back once since then, for a 2007 show at the Fine Line for their largely underrated follow-up, Our Ill Wills. After a brief self-imposed hiatus for the band, the three-year wait for fans is over, and the winsome Swedish quintet are back for a show in support of their recently released third LP, Work, which finds the band expanding their pop sensibilities with the help of ubiquitous producer Phil Ek. The result is a more carefree, mature sound that still preserves the breezy, lovelorn choruses that hooked listeners in the first place. Let's just hope that another three years don't go by until we get a chance to see them again. Openers are the much buzzed-about Queens quintet Freelance Whales, who have a unique blend of folk-pop and lush orchestration that should go over quite well with Shout Out Louds' fans. 18+. $12/$14 at the door. 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Erik Thompson

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