Sun., Jan. 20, Pinback
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 9 p.m., $20
Pinback is akin to Modest Mouse and Built to Spill. Like the aforementioned groups, the San Diego act fashions knotty and sumptuously textured indie pop like Snuggie-clad mathematical lullabies. Sidewinding melodies skate across post-punk guitars whose angularity is clothed in shimmery tonalities, softening the edges with echoing reverb and hypnotic rhythms. Longtime S.D. scene fixtures Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow conceived Pinback as a trio in '98, employing a variety of collaborators over the years. Pinback's now supporting Information Retrieved, its fifth album and first since 2007's Autumn of the Seraphs, repeating its penetration into the Billboard 200. 2708 J Street, www.pinback.com.