Cataldo’s sophomore album, Signal Flare, was one of most under-appreciated local releases of 2008. Eric Anderson’s totally nerdy, totally lovable songs have a sing-along quality. A track like “Black and Milds” has a catchy, call and response rhythm: Andersen sings the first half of a lyric (“Do you think my name...”) and a chorus of back-up vocalists finish it (“...when someone’s keeping you warm?”) while the beat is kept by handclaps. Combine this with a bouncing banjo on most songs, and Cataldo’s music is downright infectious. Plus, there’s no better voice than Anderson’s slightly nasal one to sing “Pull Hard, Drink Deep,” a love song about vampires. Bloodletting has never been so twee. With The Red River, Drew Victor. PAIGE RICHMOND

Fri., Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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