Loney Dear’s Emil Svanängen compares his relationship with music to others’ association with God. The multi-instrumentalist is a self-deprecating Swede who says music makes him feel small whenever he thinks about its infinite possibilities. For a guy who made his first few albums in his parents’ basement and other home-recording setups, Svanängen’s “smallness” has taken him pretty far: Loney, Noir was released in 2007; the follow-up, Dear John, came out earlier this year. Svanängen has been touring for several years with his four bandmates. His layered pop is packaged into sweet melodies, with chiming bells, sprightly synths and tender vocals. Loney Dear share tonight’s bill with Asobi Seksu and Anna Ternheim, a beautiful smoky-voiced chanteuse who recently won the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy for Best Newcomer. Asobi Seksu (colloquial Japanese for “casual sex”) will take the show to a wilder level with their self-described “psychedelic trance pop.” Yuki Chikudate sings in a mix of Japanese and English, while crashing cymbals and shoegaze guitars back her wild yelps. The show starts at 10 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Danielle Sills
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