This evening’s double bill is an interesting combination of contrasting approaches to pop songwriting. Scottish trio Chvrches rely on a heavily mechanized dance-pop sound that’s brightened by Lauren Mayberry’s buoyantly cheery vocals. Bandmates Martin Doherty and Iain Cook pump out a shiny backing of dual synthesizers that blends ’80s new-wave melodies with more modern dance grooves. What separates Chvrches from other synth-pop acts is Mayberry’s vocals, which are so appealingly winsome that they transcend the sometimes-fizzy arrangements. The ballad “Afterglow” suggests that the group can still be successful with a more organic approach. Best Coast prefer to rely on a more traditional mix of Bobb Bruno’s electric guitar and Bethany Cosentino’s garage-pop vocals to deliver their sunny summer anthems, but it will be interesting to see how their effusive tunes translate at night in a graveyard. Also Tuesday, Oct. 4.
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