Eight Gigs: Matt Pond PA

Sat., Oct. 31, 10 p.m., Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, $15-$18

Matt Pond PA, fronted by singer-songwriter Matt Pond, used to reside in Pennsylvania (hence the name) but now calls New York home. And sometimes Pond, the frontman, records solo albums under just his name. Not at all confusing, right? Whatever the locale or moniker, the vibe remains the same: emotionally-tinged chamber pop, rich in smart lyrics. Matt Pond PA's (the band) latest, The State of Gold, reveals the group at the peak of musical confidence with lush instrumentation and dramatic arrangements perfect for both self-reflection and rush-hour-traffic karaoke. 2708 J Street, www.mattpondpa.com.