Released last fall, Army Navys self-titled debut is one of the most welcomed breaths of fresh air the power-pop genre has seen in years. With breezy (yet never lightweight) songs such as Slight of Hand and Silvery Sleds, the LA-based band sounds not unlike a less sunnybut no less catchyApples In Stereo. Army Navy lead singer Justin Kennedy played with Ben Gibbard in pre-Death Cab for Cutie project Pinwheel, so hes had plenty of practice in constructing charming melodies. And they havent forgotten the importance of a fun video; witness their clips for Dark As Days (with Human Giants Paul Scheer) and the toddlers-eye-view Saints.
Thu., June 25, 8 p.m., 2009