If you’re at a loss to put together exactly who or what Cults is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. One year ago, Pitchfork gave their debut single, “Go Outside,” a nine even while scratching its head as to whom exactly they were giving props. After handing the ravening music media a free, three-song EP via their Bandcamp last year and making a big splash at South by Southwest just a couple of weeks ago, the guy-girl duo that make up Cults are a little better known. Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin are film students in New York who started making music while living together, never expecting their little side project to attract such dizzying attention. To begin with, neither of them has even been in a serious band (unless you count a recording Follin cameoed on with Joey Ramone for Youth Gone Mad at the tender age of 12). Their musical style is basic bright-pop with irrepressible sheen. Sixties keys, playful boy-girl vocals, some xylophone and a little guitar swagger: it’s a blissfully simple recipe that begs the question, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? With a hotly anticipated full-length in the pipeline, it’s pretty certain that these young cineastes-turned-pop-sensations will be anything but broke before long. (David Wicik)
April 7 at Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600, 9:30pm. $12.