SYLVAN ESSO, KILBY COURT, Friday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., $12
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso are one of the buzz bands of the year so far, thanks to the strength of a self-titled debut that showcases a savvy way with melody from Amelia Meath and an ornate array of sounds from her partner and producer Nick Sanborn. The set is all the more impressive considering the duo put the songs together in a Durham, North Carolina, bedroom. The multi-layered sounds and lyrics tackling multiple aspects of love and loss make songs like "Hey Mami" and "Play It Right" immediately stand out in a cluttered music landscape. Listening to Sylvan Esso's set now makes their spring tour opening for like-minded genre-masher tUnEyArDs make a lot of sense. I missed that one--I suggest you make a point of seeing them in the cozy confines of Kilby. Dana Buoy of Akron/Family opens the show.