Twin Peaks at DC9 Sunday, Aug. 10

Unlike the cult TV series of the same name, Twin Peaks the band doesn’t get bogged down by convoluted ideas and self-parody. If anything, the Chicago-based fourpiece stays remarkably consistent with its good-time garage rock while drawing bursts of youthful vigor from well-worn rock ‘n’ roll conventions. The youngsters could’ve easily given in to the temptation to make some of today’s messy, impenetrable lo-fi music, but instead, they show off more craft and nuance than most groups of 20-year-olds could muster. Take “Stand in the Sand” from 2013’s Sunken: In just over two minutes, the rollicking pothead anthem packs in (pun intended) thick gusts of reverb, tasteful guitar soloing, an instantly likeable vocal hook, and a brief coda of ethereal drone. The group maintains its energy and charisma on its new album, Wild Onion, and when it does decide to take things a little slower on “Mirror of Time,” it builds in trippy layers of sound that channel Phil Spector. Don’t go to a Twin Peaks show expecting demonic owls or a damn fine cup of coffee, but if you like your rock both loose and smart, you’ll leave happy. Twin Peaks perform with the Lemons and the Sea Life at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.

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