Eight Gigs: Mallard

Sat., May 20, 8 p.m., Cafe Colonial, $7

Armed with chunky guitar riffs, solid drumming and intelligent lyrics, indie rockers Mallard add their name to the catalog of capable bands that lay down simple yet brightly colored tunes that also pack an emotional punch with additional listens. Melodies often doubled up and sung in unison only up the ante on how many catchy rock hooks one band can have whilst remaining pleasing to ear, mind and heartstrings. Mallard also manages to allow moments of tasteful experimental deviation, just enough to add a little flavor to the pot. This show is their tape release. 3520 Stockton Boulevard, www.facebook.com/