Long Beach band Fathers and Suns are trying to match Van Morrison’s looseness with the Grateful Dead’s laid-back-ness, which means they light up songs with harmonies and then let the lead guitar take a little walk around the block. (See the song “Takin’ a Walk,” featuring an attempt to capture some of the magic of 13th Floor Elevators svengali Tommy Hall’s bubbling electric jug.) And there’s plenty of contemporary touches that no ‘70s ruraldelic band could have even conceived of—drum machine on “All My Friends Are Animals”—but we aren’t in the ‘70s and things aren’t so ruraldelic anymore, and even drum machines have got a little bit of soul by now. If you’re lookin’ out your back door, you’ll probably spot these guys in the next backyard over.
Tue., Feb. 5, 9 p.m., 2013