Sonny and the Sunsets

The prolific San Francisco troubadour Sonny Smith spent much of 2010 working on 100 Records, a project in which he wrote 200 (!) songs for 100 fictitious artists. This year he's back to focusing on his garage-pop outfit, Sonny and the Sunsets. The band--which includes Sub Pop-signed songwriter Kelley Stoltz--just released Hit After Hit, the full-length follow-up to their charming debut, Tomorrow Is Alright. The retro songs of Hit After Hit are as peppy and saucy as its title, all driving beats, jangly guitars and tambourines, and smirking, insouciant lyrics (the wry opener "She Plays Yoyo with My Mind" and the swaggering "Teen Age Thugs" are standouts). It's the ideal soundtrack for an all-day summer beach party. With The Sandwitches, Seapony. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Tue., June 28, 9:30 p.m., 2011

 
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