Music Scene: Beach House, American Aquarium, Dead Confederate

Beach House

There’s a lot to be said about the music of Baltimore- based indie duo Beach House. It’s expansive, audibly layered yet tragically lonely at times. With so many feelings and sounds swirling around the listener, the fact that the source is a mere duo is difficult to believe.

The band got its start in 2004 and released its self-titled debut in 2006 to positive reviews. Critics quickly labeled the group as an innovative “dream-pop” act due to the band’s delicate and otherworldly style that still managed to find a soul and pulse.

Beach House signed with Sub Pop Records following the success of its 2008 sophomore album, “Devotion,” and released its third LP, “Teen Dream,” in 2010. The release peaked at No. 43 on the U.S. charts and remains the band’s best-selling album to date.

The pair is set to release its latest album, “Bloom,” on May 12.

Beach House will perform Sunday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. Go to or call 577-6989.

It’s safe to say that humankind values truth. We need it to believe in the world and in ourselves, so it’s no surprise that truth is sought out in music as well as our lives. We want to believe in what we’re feeling and being told, and it’s the musician’s job to convince us. It’s that kind of honesty and conviction that has put Raleigh-based septet American Aquarium on the map in recent years.

The young band sings of booze, women and the invincibility of youth as eloquently as it does the hangovers, heartbreaks and vulnerable mortality that adulthood eventually smacks us in the face with.

From rowdy to revealing and from fearless to frail, American Aquarium bridges the gap between the teenager and the adult in all of us — often staggering between humorous and heart-wrenching in a way that’s as evolving as life itself.

American Aquarium recently completed recording its newest album, “Burn. Flicker. Die.,” in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with Jason Isbell producing and expects to release it this fall.

American Aquarium will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. Tickets are $10 and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Go to www.charlestonpour or call 571-4343.

When Dead Confederate released its full-length debut, “Wrecking Ball,” in 2008, it was as if music critics around the country had been given their first breath since the wane of ’90s grunge.

“Wrecking Ball” had critics from notable publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR and New York Post raving about the Athens, Ga.-based quintet for its gritty and modern take on a sound underrepresented at the time.

The band entered the studio in 2010 with acclaimed producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Social Distortion, Patti Smith, Alice Cooper) without having arranged any of the album’s 10 songs to give the record a spontaneous and improvisational spirit. The result is heard in its latest album, “Sugar.”

Dead Confederate will perform at Saturday The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Firework Show. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Go to or call 571-4343.