When: Fri., July 29, 9 p.m. 2011
With low-budget keyboards, piano flourishes and viola passages, Little Tybee proves that arty bands can be fun — even nutritious. The Georgia group is led by singer and guitarist Brock Scott, who sounds as if he’s absorbed Van Dyke Parks, The Incredible String Band and Grizzly Bear among many other discernible influences on the group’s new full-length Humorous to Bees. Little Tybee’s approach incorporates minimalism and a sort of attenuated rock music. Meanwhile, Evan P. Donohue is a rocker whose music only seems straightforward. The Nashville singer and guitarist specializes in sly, smart riff-driven tunes that owe something to ’70s glam rock and — just maybe — The Go-Betweens. Such tunes as “Irene” and “Salt Lake City” split the difference between absurdist pop and wholesome entertainment. If Donohue isn’t some kind of a genius, he has a definite knack for uncanny riffs and witty lyrics.