As an off-the-wall solo artist, beardo-pop oddball Quinn Walker was doing pretty well for himself prior to launching Suckers a few years back with some pals; his 2008 double album Laughter's An Asshole/Lion Land was promising, even if it was a couple acid freaks short of a Burning Man Festival. Debut Wild Smile, which saw release this past summer, builds on the template the foursome established on last year's eponymous EP: twisty-turvy pop-rock that's hard enough to escape the "whimsical indie-rock" tag but weird enough that it probably won't pop up in a national advertising campaign anytime soon. In other words: Come for the Romper Room toy-piano hooks and post-Darkness falsetto quailing, stay for the stolid melodic girding that supports those elements. Opening for Menomena. 18+.
Thu., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 2010