Fountains of Wayne
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+. (Photo by Chris Strong)
Sat., April 28, 7 p.m., 2012
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