Sounding a bit like Coldplay covering M83, Chicagoan Andrew Belle's sophomore album, Black Bear, ditches the wholesome acoustic sound of 2010 debut Ladders in favor of tones far more sleek and synthetic. While occasionally too smooth for their own good, Belle's gentle grooves and dulcet vocals prove irresistible over the long haul, and leave the 29-year-old rising talent well positioned to break big in 2014. With Diane Birch. 18+.
Thu., March 6, 7:30 p.m., 2014