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With Fruit Bats and Sam Jayne. Wednesday, May 3, at the Grog Shop.


Had Songs:Ohia or Iron & Wine been from Scandinavia, they might have sounded a little like Amandine. The Swedish foursome makes smart indie pop and countrified indie rock that will warm hearts with its wispy acoustic guitars and lilting piano-driven melodies. The band's debut, This Is Where Our Hearts Collide, issued on Fat Cat late last year, showcases an earnest songbook of lost loves and saved hearts. The 2006 EP, Leave Out the Sad Parts, builds upon that sentiment without getting too weepy, although the brassy number "Union Falls" might leave a tear in your beer.

Also on the bill is Fruit Bats, the folkie indie-pop outfit founded by singer-songwriter Eric Johnson in Chicago in 1999. And no, he is not the guitarist for Archers of Loaf. But Johnson is one of indie music's finest troubadours. If the Shins, the Arcade Fire, and Sufjan Stevens strike your fancy, the Fruit Bats and their third album, Spelled in Bones, will woo you with their summery choruses and Johnson's boyish vocals. A rotating cast of musicians fleshes out the Fruit Bats sound, and I Rowboat's Dan Strack and percussionist John Byce join Johnson this time around. Love as Laughter's Sam Jayne also performs.

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