Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't). That isn't to say they were usually upbeat, but optimism hovered on the periphery. Anyone who thinks a rock group featuring piano, accordion, cello, horns, and hardly any guitars can work would have to be an optimist. But an exploded bandcestuous romance led frontwoman Nona Marie Invie to concern herself with unpleasant matters of the inside on Who Needs Who. The characters in the smoky slow burner "It's a Secret" attempt and fail to turn one of life's question marks of doom into a period; the piano chords that open the title track sound arranged by someone watching raindrops silently splatter against a window. But then, art-pop triumph "Tell Me" puts it all over the top as the zenith of Triple D's young career. That's something to be optimistic about.
Dark Dark Dark + Emily Wells >> Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston >> October 9 @ 9 pm >>18+ >> $15 >> 617.566.9014