When a band decides to name its new album This Is an Adventure, it’s implicitly promising a spirited and upbeat live show, right? Well, the determinedly quirky indie-folk act The Lighthouse and the Whaler may be, at least. The Cleveland-based band tempers the wistful lyricism of traditional folk music with catchy hooks and a generous helping of glockenspiel (think a less mournful Fleet Foxes). And while the quartet might have started out riding the folk-pop wave generated by the hand-clappers who wrote “Ho Hey,” Lighthouse and the Whaler is doing pretty well on its own, performing at South by Southwest in March and being declared one of NPR’s “artists on the rise” when This Is an Adventure was released last fall. Through it all, the group has maintained the air of a bunch of goofballs on its sophomore album, titillating young indie-folk heads and the public-radio set alike.
Lighthouse and the Whaler performs with Neulore at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $10–$12. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.