Varsity Theater, Saturday 4.28

Veteran power-poppers Fountains of Wayne are settling comfortably into the role of respected elder statesmen. They can gleefully cash royalty checks from the nine-year-old "Stacy's Mom" but have garnered enough critical cache and loyal cult followers to never be labeled has-beens. The band's first album in four years, Sky Full of Holes, finds the songwriting team of Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood continuing to write what they know. On their 1996 debut, that meant chronicling twentysomething angst; 2003's Welcome Interstate Managers was a song cycle largely revolving around the drabness of spending one's 30s locked in a cubicle. Now on the wrong side of 40, the pair use their latest long-player to look back wistfully on their youth and embrace middle-age melancholia. Covering such downbeat topics as friends turned into depressive recluses ("Hate to See You Like This") and decaying family vacation homes ("The Summer Place"), the whole affair would be downright depressing if it weren't set to the band's usual brand of razor-sharp and super-shiny rock. With Nicole Atkins. 18+, $22-$25, 7 p.m., 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. —Rob Van Alstyne

Frankie Rose/Dive


Turn on the Lights in here, baby
Matt Barnes
Turn on the Lights in here, baby

After cutting her musical teeth as a member of fuzz-pop garage bands like the Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts, Frankie Rose assembled a band and in 2010 issued the eponymous Frankie Rose and the Outs, which relied on a litany of '60s pop artifacts. With the release of Interstellar, Rose has chronologically advanced a couple of decades, now embracing chilly, epic synth pop heavily influenced by '80s bands like New Order and the Cure. As a drummer, Rose appreciates a pulse, and the best tunes here have intriguing ones that pull the spatial oddities earthward: the pounding thunder that ignites the frigid striations of the title track, the Mick Fleetwood-like gallop of "Gospel/Grace," the nervous guitar-drums tandem on "Night Swim," proving there's fire here as well as ice. Opening will be Dive, another Brooklyn-based, synth-heavy outfit, although with a darker edge. The Olsen Twinns, a St. Paul electronics project, also join the bill. 18+, $10. 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

The Drums/Craft Spells/Part Time

Fine Line Music CAfe, Monday 3.30

Brooklyn's the Drums have an ebullient, edgy pop sound that hasn't lost a step on their enthralling sophomore release, Portamento. Pair that with the band's more refined live presence, and this show could make for quite a heart-melting night. Frontman Jonathan Pierce has echoes of Ian Curtis threaded within his delightfully personal vocals, but without the haunting, dour undertones. During past appearances, his band's effortlessly buoyant melodies have actually caused typically reserved Twin Cities audiences to dance joyously in time with their catchy beats. 18+. $15. 7 p.m. 318 First Avenue N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100. —Erik Thompson

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