Eight Gigs: Corner Laughers
Fri., July 3, 8 p.m., Shine, $8
On the surface, Corner Laughers are overflowing with gooey sweetness. The group is led by ukulele (I know, ukulele!) player Karla Kane, who weaves bubble-gum pop, ultra-catchy melodies and her sugary-sweet voice. But there's more to Corner Laughers than ukuleles and earworms. Kane writes lyrics that are sassy, whip-smart and at times melancholy. Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura are obvious influences, even if Corner Laughers' tunes seem more upbeat on the surface. The Redwood four-piece has a diverse sound that brings to mind the complexity of late '60s Beatles and indie-pop bands from the '80s and '90s, and it really has a knack for penning addictive hooks. 1400 E Street, www.facebook.com/CornerLaughers.