Los Angeles’ Radar Bros. have flown under the radar for more than 10 years, but they haven’t let that lack of attention hamper their creativity one iota. The band’s latest release, The Fallen Leaf Pages, hit the streets on March 22. While comparisons to the great Pink Floyd, Grandaddy, Neil Young, Earlimart and even the Beach Boys are inevitable, the group continues its rich tradition of fine harmonies and dense guitar wash without sounding derivative. If you’re a fan of slow-core, surreal pop or even the Merge Records roster, The Fallen Leaf Pages is one helluva catch.
So, why would a touring band with such critical acclaim book a Saturday night in Sacramento, a town that was once White Zombie’s top-selling market? The tour routing to the Blue Lamp might have been a mistake, but mistakes can be good. The Radar Bros. play the Blue Lamp, located at 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, with Carquinez Straits and the Randies on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Embrace this chance; you might only get one.