Taking advantage of the law of music that says no one can honestly despise warm pop-rock, local indie-rockers Yourself & The Air continue to produce emo-ish rock with an ever-growing range of instruments. The band’s latest EP, “Friend of All Breeds” is a crisp, lively five-song jaunt, complete with pleasant choruses, tinkling xylophone and dueling reverb-heavy guitars. But I’m more excited by the unreleased tracks the band performed in its recent Daytrotter sessions, which show just how expansive and flexible the band is trying to sound. Blending in harmonica and synth, Yourself & The Air doesn’t come off as the work of a mere quartet. Plus, the most climactic track of the bunch, “Bicycles Plus,” is supposedly about the bicycle-flying scene in “E.T.” Looks like somebody is going twee! (Andy Seifert)
August 1 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North, (773)278-6600, at 9:30pm. $10.