London-based quintet Fanfarlo have always left themselves open to charges of pretentiousness. It's an unfortunate side effect of naming your band after a Baudelaire novella and breaking up high-profile New York City concerts with appearances by straitjacket-escaping performance artists. Their well-received 2009 debut, Reservoir, married the band's high-minded artistry to the expected orchestral-rock bells and whistles—greetings, musical saw!—taking their career to the verge of mainstream recognition (a.k.a. landing a spot on the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack). Their long-in-the-making sophomore album, Rooms Filled With Light, is a far more interesting beast. Largely ditching its predecessor's over-reliance on swooning strings, Rooms is a wilder affair, focusing on twitchy rhythms and buoyant blasts of saxophone while still featuring plenty of anthemic choruses. With Gardens & Villa. 18+.
Sat., March 31, 7 p.m., 2012