If it felt like 2008 was missing something, you’re probably getting used to a new Fiery Furnaces record every year. Since their 2003 debut “Gallowbird’s Park,” brother-and-sister psych-pop duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger have managed to put aside sibling squabbles and churn out yearly albums, including a couple of ambitious swipes at operatic and downright epic masterpieces. Last year brought no new Fiery Furnaces LPs (these lazy bums could only muster a live double album), but the Oak Park-born tandem is back in 2009 with a seventh release, “I’m Going Away,” a relatively relaxed, straight-up piano-rock affair with few curveballs. The Furnaces have diligently experimented and expanded their palette in the past but, early and often, “I’m Going Away” sticks to pop-rock and plays to its dependable strengths: Eleanor’s clever wordplay and Matthew’s tight counter-melodies. By no means is “I’m Going Away” the group’s most artistically challenging moment, but it is a snapshot of the band at its most cheery, one willing to shed a little intellectual depth in exchange for sing-along choruses and free-flowing solos. (Andy Seifert)
July 9 at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, (773)227-4433, 9pm. $15.