Songwriter Kevin Seconds cut his teeth leading hardcore Sacramento band 7 Seconds. While they still perform periodically, Seconds has dedicated more of his energy to his solo career over the last decade. Given the pedigree, you might expect a bristling folk-punk approach (see Avail’s Tim Barry). Instead, Seconds offers strummy tuneful indie folk/pop that wouldn’t sound out of place next to the Shins or Sloan. While both 2008’s Rise Up, Insomniacs — which ended a seven-year dry patch — and last year’s Good Luck Buttons are full-band recordings. The former is more of a college rock effort, and the latter pursues a nicely polished roots-rock sound. Seconds is accompanied by the equally accomplished David Dondero, who got his start in the early ’90s with his band Sunbrain while attending Clemson. Dondero’s singing made an impression on Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, who adopted a similar style. Dondero has released eight studio albums since going solo in the late ’90s, all of them animated by his sharp wit and keen eye for detail. Whether arguing a “you break it, you bought it” policy for his heart or sampling rotted fruit that’s fallen from love’s tree, he balances tender hopeful ache with knowing, world-weary sighs.
Price: $10 (adv.)