Rock & Pop

Avi Buffalo

When: Tue., Sept. 6, 9 p.m. 2011

Pop music can refer to a lot of different things, from tunes that take up airwaves and clog up brains, all the way down to a simple song strummed on a guitar for, say, an audience of two. The music of Avi Buffalo falls somewhere in between, delivering pop songs with a folk-rock backdrop. Feel-good vibes, catchy melodies, and sugary vocals persist over dreamy keys and twangy guitars both acoustic and electric. The band's members, barely alive two decades, have already released a knockout debut full-length on Sub Pop Records, and are known for bringing spry energy to their live shows. Openers You Are Plural shouldn't be missed, either. Self-described as the lovechild of Chopin and Enya, the locally-bred experimental pop duo layers rich vocals over cello and Wurlitzer electric piano. The result is entrancing. And between supporters Wild Pack of Canaries and DJ Ted Bagel Radio, there might even be some dancing, too. At Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) on Tuesday, Sept. 6. 9 p.m., $12. BottomOfTheHill.com

Will Butler

Price: $12

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