Sleeping in the Aviary have always had a pop sensibility underlying their jangly indie-rock base. With their fourth record, You and Me, Ghost, they bring that to the forefront. Building off '60s pop and sheen, crisp "la la la" choruses, Elliott Kozel, Phil Mahlstadt, Michael Sienkowski, Celeste Heule, and Kyle Sobczak deliver songs that are both casual, slacker indie rock and tight, boisterous pop at the same time: equal parts loud and energetic and reflective and dense. The fiber that holds it all together is Kozel's lyricism, which ambiguously reflects the wisdoms of life while mixing in enough silliness and abstraction to keep you guessing. With Red Pens, Brute Heart, and Night Moves. 18+.
Thu., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., 2011