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Lake, Karl Blau, Cains & Abels Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Oct. 22, 9 p.m. 2009

Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore might be the contemporary indie-rock John and Christine McVie, a modest supercouple who serve as an axis for a band with a lot of talented folks in its fold. Except in Moore and Eriksson's band, Lake, there is no Stevie Nicks and no Mick Fleetwood, unless you're just talking about how different people dress. Let's Build a Roof, produced by Karl Blau, is the Olympia-based sextet's latest for K Records, and it's sweet, plush, and ornate, with smushed-together post-Sufjan orchestral arrangements (Wurlitzer, marimbas, choral vocal parts, etc). What makes it sound west coast is the sense you get that everyone is just jamming along, feeling it, jazzin' out, not sweating whether the trombone or the strings are exactly on point—it's pleasantly unfussy, but Moore and Eriksson keep that looseness from sliding over into nouveau-hippie vandalism. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $8

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