The Submarines

If you discovered the lovey-dovey pop of this Los Angeles duo via the inclusion of "You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie" in an iPhone commercial and found yourself bitten and smitten—as we did—then you'll agree that it's best to forego the whole selling-out-verses-scraping-by argument and just let their sunny, jangly adore-core melt your computer speakers. Last year's Honeysuckle Weeks seems almost impossibly happy, to the extent that band members/significant others John Dragonetti and Blake Hazzard almost seem to be mocking the concept of happiness in time with all the twitching-tail bass-line bounces and nervous-tic guitar jiggles they pack into its smiley-faced 30 minutes. Hazzard's teasing vocals, which sometimes seem determined to leave as little room between verses as possible, recall early Mirah without the sense of dejection, while Dragonetti could be a studio ringer for the High Water Marks' Per Ole Bratset. Their performance could be just the pick-me-up we all need these days. With the Morning Benders and Kyle Andrews. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., 2009

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