Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach House at The Trocadero, Gregory Alan Isakov at Johnny Brenda’s

Beach House

Sure, Beach House‘s Teen Dream is—like the band’s previous efforts—an excellent atmospheric album to play in the background while sitting around your living room and having a discussion about how, like, you’re totally over bands that make atmospheric background music. But how does it hold up in a live setting, where—instead of lounging around on your comfy couch and only kind-of listening to the band’s lo-fi dream-pop—you’re expected to stand on your own two feet and pay close attention for the full duration of the performance? The jury is still out. By many accounts, Teen Dream is the Baltimore duo’s most dynamic and engaging album to date, a critical success that has earned the band not only a larger fan base, but the predictable backlash. Of course, “dynamic” and “engaging” are pretty subjective terms, especially when applied to a band like Beach House. If you haven’t already purchased a ticket to tonight’s show at The Trocadero, however, you won’t have to bother deciding whether or not to see the live show for yourself—it’s sold out. Beach House performs with Papercuts at 8:30 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Gregory Alan Isakov performs with Emily Arin at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.