Hindu Pirates are no longer anything you’d call a surf band, although they can still peel out a nice guitar lead when they need one. Instead, Hindu Pirates do garage-y pop the way the radio likes it, or needs to learn to like it, with songs that set up camp between alt. bedrock bands like the Strokes, Weezer and the Pixies. (They even sneak in a few Stones-y moments—if this was produced differently, you could get a whole different sound out of it!) They’re semi-freshly off recording an EP at the Hurley studios and definitely semi-poised for big things in the world of action-sports-music, as presaged by their gig at the US Open of Surfing this summer. This time next year? Well, you’ll probably be saying you knew ‘em when.
Fri., Jan. 4, 8 p.m., 2013