That veteran Scottish pop-rockers Trashcan Sinatras still exist is pretty remarkable in and of itself. The quintet hit the scene in 1990 with “Cake,” a mellow, jangly pop record that could best be described as “poor man’s The Smiths.” The Trashcans managed to squeeze a couple of marginal hits in the midst of a grunge-rock onslaught, “Only Tongue Can Tell” and “Obscurity Knocks,” a title that seemed to foreshadow the band’s future. After the band’s American distributor refused to release the band’s third album “A Happy Pocket” and Universal dropped the group, the Trashcans took about eight years off. Apparently, during the hiatus, people started to say, “I’m starting to get an odd craving for that Trashcan Sinatras band from twelve years ago,” because the band unexpectedly garnered a sizable amount of press for five shows at SXSW in 2004, leading to a little resurgence in followers. The band’s current modest success no doubt stems from the fresh, up-to-date sound of its newest records, including this year’s “In The Music,” the band’s fifth in twenty years, and an album that’s just as lushly melodic as any other young, hip, up-and-coming act. (Andy Seifert)
August 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 8pm. $18.