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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Oberhofer at Johnny Brenda’s

Oberhofer has played at Johnny Brenda’s before, but never quite like this. The members of the NYC-based quartet spent a couple of years touting their EP and opening for the likes of The Morning Benders and Tapes ‘N Tapes. But with Oberhofer’s debut album, Time Capsules II, dropping next week, the band is now a headlining act—a charge it does not take lightly. On Oberhofer’s current tour (which brings them from SXSW up to New York to play on Letterman) they seize every opportunity to pack their live show with the kind of reckless abandon the album is rooted in.  Songwriter and front man Brad Oberhofer’s experimental and unpredictable compositions burst with the energy and angst of adolescent love. Many of the album’s tracks are polished versions of songs from the EP; if any sense of the EP’s lo-fi spontaneity was compromised for the fuller instrumentation featured on the album, however, it’s more than made up for on stage.  Oberhofer performs with Pond and White Birds at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. –Naomi Shavin

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Stream the debut album from Pond (playing at Johnny Brenda’s on March 20th)

Matthew Saville

Australian psychedelic rockers Pond release their new album Beard, Wives, Denim on March 6th. Pond includes members of another Australian psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala. The band is playing at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, March 20th, along with Oberhofer and Philly’s White Birds. Below, stream Pond’s forthcoming album in its entirety (via Hype Machine):

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My Morning Download: “Heart” by Oberhofer; playing Johnny Brenda’s in March

Oberhofer is a band that takes its name from the band’s front man Brad Oberhofer, a recent signing to the Glassnote Records family that has bands on its roster including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Givers, Two Door Cinema CLub, Childish Gambino and others. Originally from Tacoma, Brad moved to New York to attend NYU, formed a band, released an EP in early 2011 and was signed to Glassnote last Summer. Oberhofer’s album, Time Capsules II, is being released on March 27th. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Oberhofer’s songs are smartly crafted, very catchy, quirky yet accessible. Throughout the album’s too brief 37 minutes, the music is a swirling mix of indie-pop with the colorful essences of Brian Wilson, Ben Folds and Guster*. Oberhofer play at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, March 20th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download the song “Heart” from Oberhofer’s debut album.

HEART – Oberhofer by Glassnotemusic

*I hope I didn’t blow Oberhofer’s indie-cred with the Guster reference.