From Declare a New State!, the break up/make up album that put them on the map four years ago, the Submarines have moved on to become one of indie-pop's most beloved couples.
Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti followed that album up in 2008 with Honeysuckle Weeks, a collection of sharply observational songs that work on two levels — they're amiable enough that you'll hear them in iPhone commercials but revealing enough that, on close listen, you're liable to find a metaphor or three about the embrace of personal truth.
Now the duo is working on a third album, some of which fans are likely to hear tonight at the Bootleg Theater on a night full of sharp songwriting.
Kicking off the evening will be Sea of Bees — the nom de tune of 25-year-old Sacramento singer-songwriter Julie Baenziger, aka Jules, whom we told you about a couple of months ago. Her Songs for the Ravens has only gotten better upon repeat visits.
Also performing is Obi Best, the musical incarnation of L.A. songstress Alex Lilly (a co-conspirator of the Bird and the Bee, among others). Lilly's newest collection of jazz-inflected art-pop, Sentimental Education, is just out.
Elsewhere: Jenny and Jonny (that's Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice) do a 6 p.m. in-store performance at Amoeba. … Bobby Bare Jr.'s first new album in four years, titled A Storm – A Tree – My Mother's Head, comes out today, and the Nashville singer-songwriter headlines the Echo. … And Daybreak Ends, Simulator and Sergio Ristle rock the free Tuesday show at the Viper Room. …
Also: Green Day and AFI at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Melissa Etheridge at the Orpheum;Anna Nalick at the Hotel Cafe; Pete Molinari, along with Les Shelleys (Tom Brosseau and Angela Correa), at the Redwood Bar; Pacific Hurt, Lesands and Mississippi Man at the Troubadour; Asleep at the Wheel at the Grammy Museum; the Charmkin Rebellion, Telegram and Fake Problems at Spaceland; Sabrosa Purr, Italian Japanese and Gooby Goo & Peekers at the Silverlake Lounge; and the Nikhil Korula Band at the House of Blues.