When: Fri., Jan. 28, 10 p.m. 2011
sold out, 18+
POMEGRANATES At first listen this Cincinnati band sounds like a familiar, unremarkable kind of indie rock—sweet, upbeat, slightly off-kilter guitar pop. Yet though Pomegranates are only a four-piece, they manage to capture the expansive, orchestral sound of the Arcade Fire and distill it into hyperactive songs short enough for the radio. On their third full-length, the October release One of Us (Afternoon), they stick to compact, epic-sounding tunes but dial up the punk sensibility that comes out when they play live: the onslaught of sharp, sugary harmonies gets a ragged edge of dissonance and a bit of grit and mud. It's still indie rock, but it's hardly the kind you automatically tune out at Urban Outfitters. Young the Giant headlines; Pomegranates and Moxie Motive open.