Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Album Leaf at Johnny Brenda’s, Shellac at Union Transfer

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The Album Leaf is a solo project founded by Jimmy LaValle, whose musical style emulates many of its Sub Pop counterparts. The California-based post-rock band’s latest album, 2010′s A Chorus Of Storytellers, is a mellow affair that thrives on synth, ambient noise, and occasional acoustic guitar. Each song has a decently long build up and instrumental layering that should intrigue any fan of the post-rock genre; the lyrics, on the other hand, are rarely complicated (lines such as “One day we began/To fly again/And now we start/To fly and then” are pretty much par for the course). However, any lacking lyricism is excusable as the focus of the music is the instruments themselves. LaValle capitalizes on lo-fi, experimental sounds that ultimately sooth and entrance the listener. The Album Leaf performs with Sister Crayon at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $14–$16. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

Also Playing: Shellac +  Helen Money at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $13); Ben Harper at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $52.55)

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