Always an agreeable pop band, local act The Record Low has two releases under its belt, 2007’s “Here to Stay” and 2006’s EP “This Other City,” and celebrates the release of its second full-length tonight. I don’t have the new record, but the two tracks the band emailed to me are powerfully melodic and heartbreaking at moments, featuring some heavily reverbed vocals that create a sweetly touching atmosphere, even if you might not be able to tell what’s being sung. The band’s gone dreamy, it seems, and the new direction fits more than I would’ve expected. The songs are patiently constructed and traipse along unassumingly—I hope the rest of the record is just like this. Fake Fictions and Flatbear are also on the bill. (Tom Lynch)
August 21 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North, (773)278-6600, at 9:30pm. $8.