Daily special! There are some diverse and tasty pop delicacies on the menu at ellum:Onstage this week. It's a four-course orgy of synthesizers, violins, guitars, percussion, banjos and really adorable —legal and low-fat, promise!—pristine-voiced indie rockers.
Savor each act: Great Glass Elevator blend the driving, anthemic energy of punk guitar with maudlin Smiths-y melodies and lyrics; their friends Briertone give great rockabilly and season it with impassioned declarative evangelical mysticism, a kind of Black Heart Procession before they fell from grace and took up the handsaw; the 1090 Club furrow brows through their own cheerful revelry, real meat-and-potatoes power pop.
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The cherry on the evening, undoubtedly, is Peachcake, who really ought to score the first Care Bears ecstasy movie. (If ever there is one, and let's just allow a girl to dream.) Peachcake is all futuristic, synthy, drum machine-driven love pop punctuated by nerdy camcorder rec-room vocals. The message in the music is irresistibly sweet: Dance! Hug! Celebrate the future! The songs have the potential to get cloying but not before they evaporate; and if those psychedelic rainbow costumes and herky-jerky onstage dance numbers they execute are any indication, you're more likely to roll out sated and giggling. The show promises all things sweet and substantial; so masticate this.