The Babies

The Brooklyn pop-rock band The Babies, begun as a side project collaboration between Woods' Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone, recently released their second album, Our House on the Hill, and it's a much cleaner, brighter record than their 2011 self-titled debut. A couple of the songs—"Mean," "That Boy"—are stark tracks featuring not much more than Morby's gentle guitar strumming and wistful vocals, and some are infused with a Western country flavor, like the easy-riding "See the Country." A greater majority, though, are animated pieces of guitar pop with lyrics that highlight both the serious introspection and the serial attention deficiency of today's youth, as on the catchy opener "Alligator": Morby goes from positing, "Life is funny/Life's a laugh/Life is lonely/Yeah, it's a drag" to asking, "And what's your name?/How you doin'?/I like your hair/How do you do it? With Stickers, Detective Agency. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., 2012

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