Real Estate recently finished work on their forthcoming record Days, and they've released the single "It's Real" — which Pitchfork named one of their "Best New Tracks" — in advance of the record. Hear "It's Real" in all its gorgeous, glistening surf-pop glory below. It's a potent earwig of a song, bursting with enrapturing melodies, and I've listened to it five times in the past half-hour, if my iTunes play-count is to be believed. Adam Gold penned a Critic's Pick about tonight's show. It goes exactly like this:
Real Estate. Like Beach House, Chairlift, Girls, Grizzly Bear, etc. — it’s one of those, sigh, indie band-names-du-jour that’s just some arbitrary, mundane noun that sounds like it took about as much effort to conjure as a post-bong-rip couch nap. But don’t let their moniker dissuade you: When it comes to kickin’ out some beautifully bittersweet, jangly, surf-pop jams that are as warm and sticky as a sweaty summer night, this New Jersey quartet is (though relaxed) anything but lazy or mundane. Their, ahem, cleverly christened 2009 self-titled debut is an engrossing, emotionally stirring listen — full-chocked with songwriterly suburban hymns nodding to the poetic duke of their home state, Bruce Springsteen, and a slack, tattered presentation nodding to indie-rock forebears Pavement. Refreshingly, the band conveys a much needed, earnest, heart-on-sleeve sonic vulnerability, and an in-the-moment atmosphere that flies in the face of their many by-Pitchfork-proxy contemporaries’ glossy detachment. Having graced the charming confines of Elliston Place punk-rock haunt The End last year, the band — at the Scene’s behest — will make a fish-out-of-water appearance at Downtown’s swanky, sanitary home of all things rawk, The Hard Rock Cafe, as part of this here paper’s first annual Sounds Like Summer concert series. Mississippi’s master of power pop and the ukulele, Dent May, opens. —ADAM GOLD
Doors at 7 p.m., bands at 8. Ten dollars at the door and $5 right here, but I'll tell you what:
If you can name my favorite Real Estate song — other than "It's Real," that is — I'll put you on the guest list. Subjective trivia! It was "Beach Comber." That song's awesome.