Features keyboardist Mark Bond has a knack for breezy pop melodies. While this is exceedingly apparent in his ivory-tickling and vocal harmonies, it’s in Vovo that he’s at his savviest. Bond’s melodies on Vovo’s debut EP The Lighter Side of Life are a page right out of Wild Honey or Pet Sounds, and they’re furnished with lilting power-pop instrumentation steeped in tropical effortlessness. Fellow Features transplant Rollum Haas steps from behind the kit for this endeavor, contributing bobbing bass lines that set a loping, cheery pace for even Bond’s most introspective tunes. Indie-pop quartet The Nobility share the bill and will likely deliver a set packed so full of feel-good codas and quirky key parts that you’ll swear they were genetically engineered to produce Wes Anderson film scores. The best part? The festivities are free.
Thu., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., 2008

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