Posse, Dude York, Neighbors, and Blooper; Robert Schwartzman and the Relationship
Zachary de Gorgue
POSSE, DUDE YORK, NEIGHBORS, BLOOPER
All four bands on this stacked power-pop bill at the Funny Button have rattled plenty of garage doors in their time. Posse sound like they were created in the same ramshackle octopus's garden formerly inhabited by Frank Black and Kim Deal; jagged guitar lines zigzag to the surface while hook-laden, alternating boy/girl vocals are content to brood from below the depths. Dude York remain the best teen pop act in the game right now, whether they're lamenting a broken heart or welcoming you to "fuck city." Neighbors fuzz out the edges of some vintage Stephen Malkmus–esque free-verse warbling, with the help of fancy keyboard work and youthful earnestness. And it's hard not to root for Blooper; with a scrappy EP entitled Ballard Avenue and a song called "Pike Street," the band proudly wears Seattle on its sleeve as they echo saccharine bands like Teenage Fanclub (who they've also covered) and Saturday Looks Good to Me. Nights with this much dialed-in pop simply don't come around too often. Funny Button, 7 pm.
ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN, THE RELATIONSHIP, BELLAMAINE
Fans of both Weezer and Rooney may be surprised to learn that Robert Schwartzman (Rooney) and Brian Bell (Weezer) are visiting the Vera Project as part of a joint solo-project West Coast tour. At first glance, the decision for Schwartzman to strike out on his own is a curious one (he's always been the principal songwriter in Rooney), but his new record, Double Capricorn, does stray from the band's formula. Rooney's harmless retro-rock sounds like the Strokes if they'd cut their teeth playing beach parties, whereas solo, Schwartzman indulges in more ELO-styled keyboard and synth flourishes. Bell's outfit, the Relationship, is probably only for the Weezer completist, and the modern one at that—the self-titled album's production lands more Rick Rubin than Ric Ocasek. And while there aren't any of the instantly catchy melodies that Rivers Cuomo et al. still churn out on occasion, there are thankfully none of the latter's groan-inducing shout-outs to Best Buy or Oakley, either. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $9.