When: Mon., July 15, 8 p.m. 2013
New York postpunk trio We Are Scientists are like a single flower in the giant bouquet of sorta-successful aughties indie bands; their sophomore album, With Love & Squalor (Virgin), went gold in the UK in 2006, but they never made a huge impression on their own. Taut, sleek, and robust, We Are Scientists’ tunes earned them a spot in the cohort of bands whose hooky, brainy jams helped form the indie-rock zeitgeist of the time, but they were faces in the crowd compared to, say, the Arctic Monkeys. Nothing on their previous studio album, 2010’s Barbara (Red General Catalog), will end up in the canon of great Western music, but it’s hard to resist the sweet, swooning vocal harmonies and shimmering guitars of “Pittsburgh” and “I Don’t Bite.” The band has lately been playing several new songs live, and their next album is supposedly due in the late summer or early fall. —Leor Galil The Avantist opens.