If you’re a fan of fuzzy garage-rock, 2012 was good to you. But recent records by Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, while great in their own right, made it easy to forget about Gringo Star’s cheery 2011 LP, Count Yer Lucky Stars. Don’t be fooled by the Atlanta quartet’s cheeky name: Gringo Star’s retro, joyful garage tunes harken back to the simple pop ballads of the ’60s, sure, but they’re infused with a contemporary flare for rigid vocals and driving melodies. After putting out an excellent but mostly unnoticed 7-inch late last year, Gringo Star promises a new full-length in the spring. That could mean the infectious garage-rock earworm you developed last year isn’t going anywhere in 2013.
Gringo Star performs with America Hearts and Midnight Spin at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.