Real Estate at 9:30 Club Wednesday, April 2

New Jersey’s Real Estate may have the most generic band name since The Music, but that doesn’t mean the group’s sound is similarly ordinary. Its latest album, Atlas, is an extension of its 2011 record Days: The songs brim with easy-going psych-pop and a focus on clear guitar tones and soft vocals. Tracks like “Talking Backwards” and “It’s Real” have propulsive rhythms and complex melodies, yet they’re too muted to be anthems, as if the band is shy about their talents. The cumulative effect is counterintuitive: There’s a sincerity to the gentle, unassuming songwriting, which invites us to listen closer to what the band has to say. The acoustics at the 9:30 Club are good for a quieter musicians—the crowd is generally quick to understand that near-silence is appropriate—so the quintet’s show will be a perfect showcase for their deceptively simple musicianship. Real Estate performs with Pure X at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $22. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.

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