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MATES OF STATE

9 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

 

Have you forsaken indie rock? Tired of the blog hype? Use the word “twee” with disdain? Too many bad band names and mewing, weepy white boys? Consider an antidote: the buoyant — but never cloying — pop of Mates of State. Made up of a cute-as-a-button married couple, the keys-(her)-and-drum-(him) act specializes in maximalist pop, full of intricate harmonies and surging choruses that belie the two-person roster. Their new album, “Re-Arrange Us,” considers love and loss, suburbia and politics. If you listen closely, you can parse out heady, not always optimistic lyrics. The lead single, “Get Better,” includes lyrics about “voting in circles” and the difference between “a serious vote” and “a party of jokes.” But brightness prevails. The bit you'll remember, the much-repeated chorus, gives the charge, “Forget your politics for awhile/let the color schemes arrive.” Similarly upbeat indie-poppers Headlights open. Lead singer Erin Fein looks and sounds a bit like Feist if she were a shoegazer.

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