It’s been a steady climb for Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost, whose self-titled fourth album features deliciously hook-laden songs, their most expansive to date; it’s a synth-heavy departure from their last record, 2012’s more orchestrated Safe Travels. New tracks such as super-poppy single “Postcard” are a far cry from the band’s lo-fi, smart-alecky roots, though Ben Thornewill’s piano still underpins it all, as he and guitarist Tommy Siegel trade plaintive vocals. Elsewhere, Siegel lays down some tasty power-pop chords on “Sound of a Broken Heart” and helps Thornewill conjure up Freddie Mercury–esque stacked vocals on the lighters-up ballad “Undeniable You.” Their songwriting may have gotten more earnest, but expect just as much snarky banter between songs.
Sat., Jan. 31, 8 p.m., 2015
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