- Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer of Svaoir Adore.
Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Gibson Showroom, $10
Brooklyn's Savoir Adore plays a bouncy, textured pop. With vocal duties shared by its two main members, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, the group conjures a sound that they call "adventure-pop" — we're not sure exactly what that means, but their upbeat, lively sound recalls bands like Animal Collective. Opening the show is St. Lucia, a New York–based solo artist whose layered pop music is influenced by a childhood spent in South Africa. As an extra bonus, this show is at the Gibson Showroom in Chinatown, which is not often open to the public.
Friday, Dec. 2 at IOTA, $12
We really hate it when bands use unnecessary punctuation in their names — guys, that exclamation point is giving you an annoying sense of urgency, and I haven't even had my coffee yet. Still, we'll let Hey Rosetta! get away with it this time. The Canadian sextet performs a lushly orchestrated indie-pop that's reminiscent of the Arcade Fire. The group fills out its sound with a violin and cello, giving their music a majestic air in its softer moments.
The War on Drugs
Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Rock & Roll Hotel, $14
Philadelphia's The War on Drugs has been one of the most buzzed-about indie-rock bands this year; their second and most recent album Slave Ambient earned them a coveted "Best New Music" tag on Pitchfork. Front man Adam Granduciel's nasally croon will remind you of Bob Dylan, but it's the droning layers of shimmering guitars and synths that will win your heart.
Monday, Dec. 5 at the Galaxy Hut, $5
Multi-instrumentalist Tracy Shedd will remind you of some of the best female-fronted indie rock bands of the 90s (Velocity Girl and the Field Mice come to mind, as does Mazzy Star, whose first album was released independently). Her lo-fi approach complements the simplicity of her songs; in 2010 she released an album of piano songs, EP88, that is as haunting as it is sparse. This show will also feature a rare appearance of locals Talk It, a trio which includes two members of the former Teenbeat band Eggs (one of whom is TBD's own Andrew Beaujon).
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.