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Lake, Baby Teeth, Agesandages Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., May 8, 8 p.m. 2011

Bless the scene in Olympia, Washington, for keeping sweetness and earnestness alight in the underground. The gentle spirit Beat Happening begat more than 25 years ago (if you actually knew who Beat Happening were before Kurt Cobain went public with his fandom, you are either old or twee) labelmates Lake nurture today. The band's 2009 album Let's Build a Roof is like pre-Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac without the horniness, and their new full-length, Giving and Receiving (K Records), is whisper-delicate 70s astral folk, with electric piano, vocal harmonies, and shy but almost danceable beats. "Mother Nature's Promise" is about exactly what its title promises, and on "The Stars" Ashley Eriksson sings about how the stars "will never deny your friend request." It's so very corny, but also a reminder that you should probably step away from the Tumblr page, go outside for a romantic nature walk, and, like, hold an animal's hand or something. Lake would probably consider that mission accomplished. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $10, $8 in advance

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