Lo-fi power-pop? Playful indie folk? Call it what you will, Sleeping in the Aviary are celebrating the release of their third record, Great Vacation!, at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday. The Minneapolis-by-way-of-Madison band continue to evolve their lively sound, drawing influence from 1990s slacker rock to more nuanced indie folk without sounding like either. Great Vacation! offers a continuing evolution of the band's sometimes absurd lyricism paired with big pop chops that drive the melodies. Making use of dynamic shifts and a fair share of nontraditional instrumentation—mostly from accordion player Celeste Heule—the arrangements take on a quirky, unpredictable feel that is defined by Elliott Kozel's wavering and emphatic vocals and the band's rambunctious, sing-along stage presence. With Buffalo Moon, Chelsea Boys, and Crimes.
Sat., Dec. 4, 9 p.m., 2010