Generationals / Brass Bed

Since their inception, Generationals — the New Orleans duo of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer — have shuffled through an extensive array of pop permutations, from jangly '60s guitar stuff to new wave, effervescent electronica, and contemporary indie pop. The hooks have been abundant, reasonably sunny, and mostly definitive without being gratuitous. But on their new Heza, Generationals' measured exuberance has generally been replaced by a more diffident approach. Although the album opens with the ringing guitars and urgent rhythms of "Spinoza," subsequent songs are less straightforward, fragmented segments of pop instead simmering in swirling musical cauldrons. Embedded in multi-textured layers, the hooks are all the more rewarding when they surface. The Lafayette quartet Brass Bed also favor '60s-influenced pop, but with a more virulent rock component and, on their latest, The Secret Will Keep You, a significant psychedelic buzz. 18+.
Mon., May 6, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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