Pop Romantics 

Magic Numbers at the Great American Music Hall.

In the indie-rock world, Magic Numbers are the starry-eyed romantics who somehow end up getting the short end of the love stick on a regular basis. Made up of two brother-sister pairings, the Numbers follow their buzzworthy self-titled 2005 debut with Those the Brokes, another collection of songs soaked in soft-rock nuances redolent of Laurel Canyon circa 1968. Lyricist and frontman Romeo Stodart continues to use heartbreak as a campground in which to pitch his songwriting tent, all the while basting his creations with wooh-woohing choruses, unobtrusive string arrangements (provided by Nick Drake arranger Robert Kirby), and jangly guitar. And while a tendency toward excessive length proves a stumbling block, there are still enough well-crafted layers to luxuriate in. Wednesday, August 15 at the Great American Music Hall in SF. 8 p.m., $15. GAMH.com MusicHallSF.com


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