Trashcan Sinatras

Monday, August 3

Believe it or not, the Scottish indie-pop combo Trashcan Sinatras – who formed more than 20 years ago – never broke up, though as the title of their debut 1990 single “Obscurity Knocks” augured, they’ve been pretty M.I.A. here in the States since the early ‘90s. During their early Cake/I’ve Seen Everything heyday, the group’s melodically rich, romantic, occasionally bittersweet guitar-pop earned repeated comparisons to the Smiths, and not unfairly so – the jangly six-strings and melodramatic croons were lifted straight from the Marr/Morrissey playbook. And their tunes slotted nicely next to the refined, semi-twee likes of the Housemartins and Aztec Camera, too. The usual lineup changes and label problems, coupled with the rise of grunge, pretty much did the Trashcan Sinatras in over here, and they’ve gone long stretches without performing live. But 2004’s unexpectedly excellent, critically acclaimed Weightlifting generated renewed interest in the band’s simple pop pleasures, and they’re taking another stab at success with a big tour, reissues of the back catalog, and a brand-new studio album, In the Music, from which they’re certain to draw heavily this evening. With Brookville.

Mon., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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