Nashville quartet The Features might not jump out from the masses of indie rockers, but the group represents a hopefully-not-dying breed of steady pop-rockers, the kind that builds songs around a couple of loose chords and loud choruses. The band’s last record, last year’s “Some Kind of Salvation,” was a lyrically gloomy collection of country-infused garage rock (the song titles speak for themselves: “The Temporary Blues,” “Still Lost” and “The Gates of Hell”) that nevertheless displayed a whole lotta get-up. As far as the individual parts go, lead singer Matt Pelhm can bellow capably (though it’s a little too close to the Kings of Leon faux-Vedder vocals for my tastes), but the band’s unsung hero is organist/keyboardist Mark Bond, who peppers in some much-needed riffs when the band needs that extra influx of quirk. For an extended look, check out Brendan Benson’s newest record, “My Old, Familiar Friend,” where The Features double as Benson’s backing band and supply the pep of an early Elvis Costello record, in the process proving just how potent The Features can be. (Andy Seifert)
November 6 at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, (312)929-2022, at 8pm. $13.