Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Jukebox the Ghost/Twin Forks/Secret Someones

When: Wed., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 2015

Hook-laden and catchier than hell, the leadoff track on Jukebox the Ghost's eponymous 2014 album is a undeniable kaleidoscopic hit. The title? "Sound of a Broken Heart," which reveals much more about the album at hand than its face value would seem. "Let's make it simple, let's make it easy on each other," singer Tommy Siegel croons on the second cut, "Made for Ending," another downtrodden title belied by its upbeat composition and danceable rhythms. The current era of Jukebox the Ghost — one that comes after some 10 years of jamming around the DC metro area and blowing up the regional and, later, national touring circuit — is one that tackles the crushing realities of adulthood with sugary beats. Thing is, though, that's just how the guys see the world. The result is a finely tuned collection of songs that gets Jukebox the Ghost to where they were headed in the first place. Check out "When the Nights Get Long," which evokes the narrator's yearning by drifting between slower verses and jauntier choruses. Later, in "Show Me Where it Hurts," the guys tone things down a bit and let the raindrop twinkling of Thornewill's keys reflect the schism of a young relationship. Throughout the bulk of the album, though, it remains tough not to tap your foot along with the band's exploration of woes and wonder. Is this latest album — or even the song itself — really the "sound of a broken heart?" Take it from Siegel & Co.: One way to grow up is to dance, dance against the dying of the light. (Sandy)

Price: $15

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