When: Sat., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 21, 3 p.m. 2014
Dick Diver is an unwitting figurehead of “dolewave,” a term coined in jest to describe the latest volley of jangly, shambolic, blasé, breezy rock bands from Australia. Sure, some of the best smart-but-ambivalent songwriters in scrappy pop outfits during post-punk 1980s (the Go-Betweens, Flying Nun Records) hailed from Australia and New Zealand, which lends some credibility to the region’s recent retro fixation, but Dick Diver’s prominence has nothing to do with nostalgia. Along with Lower Plenty, Dick Diver is a dolewave group known abroad because its songwriting — with expansive song structures, forlorn and wispy guitar playing, yearning vocals, and flashes of humor — is fantastic. Notably, while dolewave acts often embrace asininity as a cute gimmick, Dick Diver’s substantial discography includes shots at the increasingly conservative policies of Australia’s dominant political party. Cheers to being jangly, shambolic, breezy — and indignant. Saturday, Sept. 20. 7:30 p.m. Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St., S.F.). Sunday, Sept. 21. 3 p.m. The White Horse (6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). $TBA.