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When: Wed., July 16, 9 p.m. 2014

When the Fresh & Onlys emerged in 2008, they were often lumped in with San Francisco’s potent neo-garage scene, but they've put such associations behind them—these days they let each dreamy melody from front man Tim Cohen take on whatever stylistic mode best suits it. On last year's Long Slow Dance, they tried out an 80s modern-rock sheen that reminded me of Modern English and the Church, but for the new House of Spirits (Mexican Summer) they've toughened up their sound and suffused it with a murky, atmospheric gloom. That vibe certainly fits the bleak but hopeful lyrics of "Animal of One," which begins, "The point of forgiving is so you forget / That being forgiven is all in your mind / The point of forgetting is so you connect / The purpose of living is harder to find." The Fresh & Onlys often surround such sobering words with warm, twangy guitars and doo-wop-flavored vocal asides, using 50s-style dream pop as the spoonful of sugar to help it all go down. —Peter Margasak

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