"One of those bands that is larger than music itself."
Impassioned youth, existential wisdom, and stories of aching romance weave together to make Album a slice of true Californian pop that never stops hitting home. When you hear Owens' voice, unshackled by fuzz or distortion, crooning about the fear of dying before ever accomplishing anything, you remember that you've felt the same way dozens of times too. And when he starts chirping, "I wish I had a suntan /I wish I had a pizza and a bottle of wine," on the sarcastic, ecstatic opener "Lust for Life," you want to drop everything and run through the streets to join him.
With Papercuts, Cass McCombs
Wed/9, 9 p.m., $14$16
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell, SF