Washington DC natives Jukebox the Ghost bring their effervescent piano brand of indie power pop to Mr. Small’s on March 7th along with the overstated theatrics of Ann Arbor’s own Tally Hall. The band recently finished recording their 2010 yet to be titled release with the help of producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) and plans to make the rounds at SXSW later this month.
While the live show will most likely be a showcase for their unreleased material, 2008’s Let Live and Let Ghosts provides so many moments of slap happy, sugary piano goodness that I can’t imagine a lull in the proceedings. Heirs apparent to Ben Folds’s ironic, limber croon, all three of Jukebox members Tommy Siegel, Ben Thornewill, and Jesse Kristi take on vocal duties without missing a beat. Their playful side does tend to slip a little too far into whimsy, but harder hitting tracks like “Good Day” and “Where are the Scientists” showcase the band at its unabashed best: operatic, anthemic and catchy as hell. check the tracks after the jump