Eight Gigs: Ducktails

Wed., Aug. 26, 9 p.m., Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, $10

Originally the droney solo project of Real Estate's guitarist Matt Mondanile, Ducktails has grown into an impressive indie force. The New Jersey four-piece's fifth record, St. Catherine, dropped last month, and it's a great collection of warm, catchy, baroque pop songs. This means sweeping strings, slightly experimental electronic elements and psychedelic fuzz—jangle pop for quiet afternoons on a rope swing, contemplating lost connections. Or, for sipping on tiki drinks on a sweet wooden deck in Davis with friends. Take advantage of these peaceful summertime Sophia's shows before UC Davis is back in session. 129 E Street in Davis, www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.