Rock & Pop

Snowden

When: Thu., June 13, 9 p.m. 2013

Snowden's debut album, Anti-Anti, was a largely danceable post-punky record with darkly compelling bass lines, syncopated grooves, and anthemic vocal hooks. It took songwriter Jordan Jeffares seven years to release a follow-up, and while No One in Control gives a similar feeling as its predecessor, it's a much moodier and more restrained affair. Jeffares (now with a whole new lineup) is still a loose-jawed singer who stretches out his vowels and refrains from hard edges, and there are still syncopated beats and fuzzy bass and synths, but he's in a far more reflective, sadder mood -- especially on the last three songs: The subdued ballad "Candy for Everyone" crescendos for a rousing, sing-along chorus, and the similarly quiet but affecting "No Words No More" and "This Year" would be perfect additions to a nighttime mix. They're an example of Jeffares' skill at crafting layered songs to elicit strong emotions. And they're the reason why you'll listen to No One in Control over and over again. See the band at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission St., San Francisco)

Kathleen Richards

Price: $12, $15

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