What to Do Tonight: Real Estate

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It’s probably just an unfortunate coincidence that New Jersey surf-poppers Real Estate released their self-titled debut album in the same month that Jersey Shore premiered on MTV last fall. Then again, a melodic, introspective work of art and a mind-numbing reality TV show, both from the Garden State, may not be as diametrically opposed as you’d think. “All the songs on the LP were written around the same time,” says singer-guitarist Martin Courtney. “It was after college, when we were all moving home. That was the vibe. And it was the summertime, so that played into it.” Consider the context: Courtney and his bandmates, fresh out of school, living in the Jersey suburbs, unsure about their futures, hanging out at the beach, and kicking around the sand. Needless to say, these old pals weren’t exactly super-ambitious art-school intellects when they formed Real Estate in the summer of 2008. In fact, they probably had much in common with the aimless twentysomethings on Jersey Shore. Sure, Snooki probably hasn’t spent as much time listening to obscure New Zealand ’80s jangle-pop as Courtney, but there’s still some shared experiences: joblessness, doubts, etc. “It’s kind of like going back in time to your childhood, or at least senior year of high school,” says Courtney, “But it’s also different. Because you’re thinking, OK, I don’t really want to be here anymore. I’m ready to get out.” Even the Situation can relate to that. Real Estate, with Kurt Vile and Cloud Nothings play the Beachland Tavern at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. —Andrew Clayman

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