My pick for the most criminally overlooked Twin Cities band of the early 2000s, melodious mid-tempo indie-rockers Valet never quite got their fair shake on the national stage despite a deservedly strong local following. Listening to their two albums today, it's still a head-scratcher they didn't break big. Bands like Death Cab for Cutie rode a similar formula of literate story-songs and angular guitar ear worms to mainstream stardom, and Valet sound every bit their equal on cuts like the mesmerizing "Air-Hostess" from 2001's The Glamour Is Contagious and the early 89.3 the Current folk-pop staple "Tony Hornes and Johnny Ace vs. Elvis Presley" from 2004's swan song Life on the Installment Plan. Although it's admittedly a long shot as Valet's members have moved on to other projects since amicably going on hiatus in 2007, one can't help but hope that tonight's reunion gig at the Turf Club leads to a full-on reformation and new recordings from a band that still merits wider recognition. With Story of the Sea and Magic Castles.
Fri., Dec. 16, 9 p.m., 2011
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