The lineage of New Zealand's Finn clan as perfect pure pop purveyors can be traced back to Split Enz, which was launched in the early '70s by Tim Finn and later welcomed little brother Neil into the fold. Neil split to form Crowded House, whose decade-long reign yielded such hits as "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," shining with Neil's cunning pop craftsmanship. Various Finn projects ensued after the House divided in the mid-'90s, alongside the emergence of Neil's son, Liam. In 2007, sparked by the death of original drummer Paul Hester, Crowded House re-emerged with Time On Earth, reflective in the wake of Hester's demise, but also showing off the resurgent pop instincts of Neil, original bassist Nick Seymour, keyboardist/guitarist Mark Hart, and new drummer Matt Sherrod. The House's new Intriguer is still relatively ruminative but rife with sly pop conceits and deft touches, including Liam's psychedelic guitar break in the middle of "Falling Dove" and Lisa Germano's violin on "Archer's Arrows." There're also splashes of effervescent power pop, such as the opening "Saturday Sun." Opening will be fellow New Zealanders Lawrence Arabia, led by singer/songwriter and poly-instrumentalist James Milne. His own crafty pop permutations pick up on some of the same '60s influences as Crowded House, but are more eccentric/experimental, even while shifting between Beatle-isms and some of Brian Wilson's more gossamer Beach Boys work. All ages.
Sat., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2010