Real Numbers Photo by Elise Pfau


Real Numbers (LP Release Show)

Nov. 27
7:30 p.m.
DJ, Indie Rock, Rock

Minneapolis garage-rockers Real Numbers have made considerable moves with a sound that, while increasingly intricate, is ultimately direct and uncomplicated. Music journalists have compared the group’s aesthetic to bands on the legendary compilation C86, but they also share commonalities with earlier bands like the Modern Lovers and Television Personalities. Signed to Oakland-based Slumberland Records (Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Joanna Gruesome, Allo Darlin’), Real Numbers added another solid album to the label’s catalog with October’s punchy, 25-minute Wordless Wonder, for which this show serves as the release party. Throughout the LP, the band get a boost in their musicianship from new guitarist Ian Nygaard (also a member of Minneapolis band Howler), who brings consistently catchy, Mac DeMarco-esque lead lines that add countless hooks to the album. The sugary, well-placed oh-ohs and ah-ahs don’t hurt things, either. With Teenage Moods, Universel, and DJ Shawn Reed.