After grabbing a delicious Korean burrito at my friend's suggestion, I headed out to catch Generationals, which I've featured on OKS before. I caught the tail end of their set, which was a ton of fun. Their perky, unassuming pop songs put everyone in a good mood, and I thoroughly enjoyed the songs I heard from them. I'm always on the lookout for good pop songwriters, and I think Generationals have the talent to be a staple, if they can last.
Following them onstage were The Dodos, who I had heard of on recommendation but not heard too much from. The recommendation was solid; I love fingerpicking and indie-rock, so a group of guys making complicated indie rock out of two fingerpicked guitars and a bizarre four-tom and tambourine drum setup made my ears perk up. Their stage presence was static, but when you're making songs as brilliant as the ones The Dodos put out, you don't need to be moving around. Even with the interlocking guitar parts, the songs never lost their pop sensibilities; the songs would appeal to the most radio-friendly listeners (Hannah Montana fans perhaps excepted). I loved the set, and can't wait to hear more by The Dodos.
I rushed over to Central Presbyterian Church to catch Sondre Lerche's set (pictured). I've been listening to Lerche for a long time, but this was the first time I was graced with a live show. He told the audience that he was going to play through his whole new album (which doesn't come out till June!), and he made it through eight of the tunes before he had to close the set. The new tunes fall neatly into his style; his mid-tempo, affected singer/songwriter tracks with unique chord changes and a warm sense of belonging haven't changed much since I've been listening. It's totally fine, though; it's apparently a deep mine for him to bring up gold from, as each of the songs was charming and inviting. I look forward to his record in June, and you should too.