Already firmly established as one of Sweden's most formidable indie-rock ambassadors thanks to his work in Shout Out Louds, Adam Olenius has now turned top-notch synth-pop purveyor in new outfit We Are Sernades. A joint project with fellow countryman Markus Krunegard of Laakso, the duo's debut album, Criminal Heaven, takes a sharp turn away from the guitar-driven textures of their primary bands and toward sunny, string-drenched pop. The unabashedly joyous record feels indebted both to modern indie-pop drama queens like Stars and old-school smooth-disco royalty like ABBA. The opportunity to witness the duo transferring their opulent sound from European recording studios to tiny American stages on their inaugural stateside tour makes tonight's Triple Rock gig a can't-miss one. 18+.
Thu., May 17, 8 p.m., 2012