Synthesizer backlash is in full effect. After almost a decade of robbing the cocaine-sprinkled plastic coffin of the '80s, the artifice of the sound started rubbing those who were paying attention the wrong way. So it's no wonder that a group like Mumford & Sons has started to interest the music-conscious populace; the band of Brits has a sound that places a high value on sincerity and simplicity, aiming their lyrics directly at that place between your heart and your gut. But don't let their all-acoustic setup lead you to believe this is a retread of some languid, tired folk. You can tell from massive single "Little Lion Man" alone that the band has a knack for not only surging energy, but also memorable melodies and group harmonies that hit like an old-world boxer. Mumford & Sons can play beautifully mellow and slow, but their best material has a restless stomp to it because, at its core, it's still pop, and the kids still want to dance. With Cadillac Sky and King Charles. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2010