When: Sun., Sept. 12 2010
Despite the laidback implications in the title of their third album, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's Let It Sway sticks to the playful and exuberant indie pop they've been playing since their 2005 debut. It's just that now the Missouri quartet sways as well as sweeps, twisting songs into melodic and beautiful slices of alt-rock. "Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro" includes gently crafted acoustic guitars and memory-filled lyrics, and "Sink/Let It Sway" kicks with as much energy as the early favorite "Oregon Girl." Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin counter the occasional sappy harmonies and overblown pep with a sense of humor. Singer Philip Dickey taunts listeners in "Dead Right": "You're gonna lose it if you don't choose it." And in "All Hail Dracula," he declares, "I really think we could be friends/I'll let you suck my blood if you wanna know how I taste." Someone Still Loves You ...'s fan base is so solid, it recently pitched in to buy a new tour bus for the group. That shiny ride brings the band to town this weekend. — Danielle Sills
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, with Telekinesis and Nicky English. 9 p.m. Sunday, September 12. Grog Shop. Tickets: $10, $8 in advance; call 216-321-5588 or go to grogshop.gs.