What's up with indie rock

It feels like just yesterday that Pontiak's (pictured) Carney brothers took their psychedelic riffage from Charm City to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The brothers remain honorary members of the scene, and Dec. 1 sees them return to Metro Gallery in anticipation of their eighth album, Innocence, out on Thrill Jockey records in the new year. They will be joined by labelmate, collaborator, and drummer extraordinaire Guardian Alien, which hopefully means at least one song with two drum kits, because what's better than two drummers?

In more news from erstwhile Baltimoreans, Cass McCombs visits the Ottobar Dec. 14 in support of his latest, Big Wheel and Others, a sprawling double album of folk-tinged indie rock. McCombs is joined on the second half of his tour, including the Ottobar date, by hometown guitar heroes Arbouretum.

Future Islands-based supergroup the Snails has been around for a long time, forming to play a Spank Rock party five years ago, but their debut recording, Worth the Wait, on Friends Records, was released only this year. Don't miss the costume-loving band's rare live performance at the Ottobar Dec. 29. Expect some catchy hooks crooned by the inimitable Samuel T. Herring over buoyant, tropical-inflected pop songs.

And with 2013 winding down, we can start looking forward to 2014 releases. While we can dream about long-delayed albums like Detox or the Avalanches' sophomore effort seeing daylight, hopefully their will be no setbacks to Wye Oak's fourth album. The band has been recording in Brooklyn and talked to Spin magazine last month about the new direction of the material (no guitars!). We're still enamored of 2012's Adult Swim single, "Spiral," so we eagerly anticipate any new sounds from the duo.

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