Matt Pond PA w/ Company

When: Fri., Feb. 1 2013

indie pop, 8 p.m.

Matt Pond grew up in northern New Hampshire playing the French horn and trumpet, and those influences still glimmer in his music. For the last 14 years, Pond has worked with a rotating cast of collaborators to create eight albums and nine EPs of baroque indie pop. During that time, he’s diversified his interests to incorporate shuffling rock, jangly folk, and ’60 roots-psych while retaining a passion for bright melodies and rich arrangements. Those changes really manifested on his last two discs, 2007’s Last Light and 2010’s The Dark Leaves, both of which reduce the lushness and periodically pick up the tempos. Perhaps succumbing to this restlessness, Pond has since recast himself as a “solo” artist, abandoning the band conceit of Matt Pond PA. He arrives in Charleston days ahead of his Feb. 5 solo debut, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, and a month after his free download The Natural Lines EP. Both feature warm melodies and a less-is-more ethos. —Chris Parker

Price: $10/advance, $13/door

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