Philadelphia's key-driven indie rockers The Armchairs don't like to pigeonhole themselves. They have no genres listed on their Myspace page, and while influences like Fiery Furnaces, Of Montreal and The Velvet Underground are unmistakable, they write pop songs that are certifiably non-pop. Their songs are catchy and fluid without abiding by any of the rigid radio pop standards. The Armchairs' brief tunes often channel the likes of '60s folk and prog with a true knack for melody and unpredictable structure. Think The Zombies with a pinch of Deerhoof. I haven't caught these guys live yet, but I get the feeling they put on a completely legit show.
Sun., Aug. 17, 9 p.m., 2008

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