Omaha natives Box Elders bring happy, sloppy garage pop on the band’s full-length debut, “Alice and Friends.” The band self-proclaims its music to be “cave pop” and, admittedly, between the record’s lo-fi production and the band’s infatuation with 1960s reverb, it does kind of sounds like the band may have recorded within a damp cave (or they may have simply used “cave pop” because that genre-label hasn’t been taken yet). Combining melodies reminiscent of the old, peppy Kinks and the punk-pop bounce of the Exploding Hearts, the Elders can, at times, come across as a less grating version of Wavves, just without the perplexing loud distortion and inaudible vocals. With many songs clocking in around the minute-and-a-half-to-two-minute mark, The Box Elders can arrive and play a couple of tunes before you’ve even wrapped your head around the inevitable sugar high. It’s the time-honored tactic of effective, bouncy pop-punk, er, cave pop. (Andy Seifert)
August 13 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 9pm. $8.