Over a year after becoming the dark horse, wildcard winner of 2011's Sound Off! competition, Tomten is releasing their first full-length album, Wednesday's Children, a collection of twelve breezy pop-rock tunes recorded in analog in just five days. Tomten's music combines a vintage sound and sophistication with an underlying sense of youth and playfulness—one song, "Ta Ta Dana," is named after frontman Brian Noyeswatkins' crush on The X-Files' Dana Scully. "I think it's rare that people listen to records start to finish nowadays," Noyeswatkins told me in a recent email. "So if this record incites one to sit down with a glass of Laphroaig and dream their life away, I'll be quite tickled." After tonight's show, Noyeswatkins says the band will be taking a break to "toy around with our sound and work on new material for the next record," so catch their current incarnation while you still can. With The Curious Mystery, Posse. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., June 14, 8 p.m., 2012

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