The Postal Service may have set the high mark for melancholic, indie rock-rooted electronica, but given their seemingly infinite hiatus, acts like Seattles Head Like A Kite are sitting in a pretty good position to win all of Postal Services lovable loser fans over. Their second and latest offering, There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere, has found a home on Mush Records, a label that has yanked many bedroom beat producers (including Her Space Holiday and Sientific American) out from their MPC-and-synth-filled closets, putting their music into the ears of people scanning the radar for a new beat and beep. Though crunchy synth touches and percussive breaks are prevalent throughout, Dave Einmo's melodic vocal reflections give There is Loud Laughter Everywhere more of an inward pop feeling that isolated headphone-wearers could find themselves listening to while strolling through their own not-to-be-bothered-even-when-approached urban wasteland. Head Like A Kite is definitely a group full of interesting ideas. However, those interesting ideas make a lot more sense and really come to life when experienced in the flesh. With Smoosh, Foscil, Animals at Night, MC Troy Nelson. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m., free.
Thu., June 26, 8 p.m., 2008