This Weekend's Concert Picks: Allo Darlin', Yeasayer, Guided By Voices + Wavves, Architecture In Helsinki - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Allo Darlin'

Allo Darlin’ are the perfect summer band. With a charming name and a cheery, youthful sensibility, the London-based four-piece crafts twee gems well-suited to sun-soaked days and balmy evenings. Lead singer Elizabeth Morris coos sweetly about Annie Hall, trips to the coast of Sweden, and jumpers, sounding like a fourth Pipette. The songs reference The Chiffons (the chorus of “If Loneliness Was Art” is a dead ringer for “One Fine Day”), and feature bouncy irresistible beats, echoing the great, Phil Spector-produced girl groups of the 1960s. Allo, Darlin’s latest album, 2009’s self-titled Fortuna Pop! release, is packed with enough doo-wop harmonies to keep any Shangri Las fan happy. Allo Darlin performs with Pet Milk at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Yeasayer + Smith Westerns, Hush Hush at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Guided By Voices + Wavves at River Stage At Great Plaza (6:30 p.m., $39.70); Junior Boys + Miracle Fortress at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); The Feelies at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $20); Pharmacy Spirits + Dangerous Ponies at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10)

The best way to describe Architecture In Helsinki’s sound is joyful chaos. The Australian twee outfit—which once had eight members, and has since shrunk to five—plays with an enthusiasm that borders on manic. They specialize in genre-hopping, even in the space of one track, bouncing from dance-pop to marching band and back again. The songs end up being a mishmash of various (if nearly always sweet) elements: children’s whispers, glockenspiel, clapping, clarinet. Their shows tend to be equally jumbled and ecstatic. Usually this indie-pop at a kiddie carnival approach works, but it can be overwhelming, as it sometimes feels like Architecture In Helsinki is attempting to cram every musical idea they’ve ever had into a two minute joyride. If you’re willing to go along for the trip, you’ll be glad that you did. Architecture In Helsinki performs with Hooray For Earth and Norwegian Arms at 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: The US Air Guitar Championships Philadelphia Regional at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Deb Callahan at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $14)

Gypsy Death And You + Sleepy Vikings, Eat Your Birthday Cake at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)

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