Baltimorean Benny Boeldt's initial foray into indie-pop was as simple as it was sugar-rush puerile: Dude called himself Adventure and, on a debut album helpfully titled Adventure, banged out two-dimensional Nintendo Entertainment System c-side chiptune. Adventure essentially allowed listeners to pretend that humiliating, routine errands and tasks were as epic, crucial, and fun as beating Mega Man 2 or Super Mario Brothers 3 for the 15th time in a week. Replete with vocals, choruses, and themes, follow-up Lesser Known represents a quantum leap in Boeldt's songwriting sophistication. Un-cutesy quick-hit synth-pop? We'll take that for a dollar. Opening for Toro y Moi, with Braids. 18+.
Sun., April 3, 8 p.m., 2011