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Veronica Falls 

When: Tue., March 26, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $12-$14

London-based pop quartet Veronica Falls has had a reputation for shy and self-conscious performances, but that's changing thanks to its mature sophomore album, Waiting for Something to Happen. Word on the street is that the twentysomething members have honed their technique, developed onstage chemistry, and stopped hiding behind hip haircuts. Veronica Falls' coming-of-age songs are often sweet but rarely precious, and on Waiting for Something to Happen the band tweaks the twee tropes -- boy/girl harmonies, tons of tambourine, and my-life-sucks themes -- enough to establish its own sound. The band borrows heavily from Sixties mod rock, particularly in its simple beats and tidy song structures, then layers abrasive elements of noise pop and shoegaze on top. Led by singer Roxanne Clifford and backed by guitarist James Hoare and drummer Patrick Doyle, the band also uses multipart vocal harmonies to add to its youthful longing, which is playful and heart-wrenching -- often at the same time. Catch the band at a free performance at Amoeba Music (1855 Haight St., San Francisco) on Monday, Mar. 25, at 6 p.m., or at Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St, San Francisco) on Tuesday. Mar. 26, with local band Brilliant Colors and Glasgow-based Golden Grrrls. 8 p.m., $12, $14. RickshawStop.com

— Whitney Phaneuf

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