Wed., Sept. 25, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 9 p.m., $15-$18
Unknown Mortal Orchestra came out of nowhere a couple years back. Now, it is one of the best known touring acts on the indie-rock circuit. Like a lot of current indie bands, UMO is highly influenced by 1960s psychedelic pop, but the psychedelic part seems almost a second thought to the group's amazingly written songs, kind of like the Zombies, whose Odessey and Oracle is one of the best albums from the 1960s. Unlike actual old-school psych bands, UMO's songs are mixed with an infectious groove, a sort of blend between old rock and modern dance. The band's releasing an acoustic EP soon, which will include covers of Beck and Dirty Projectors. 2708 J Street, http://unknownmortalorchestra.com.