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Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos

These Indianapolis chamber popsters manage to be sparkly and melodic without the trace of (emo? twee? freak-folk?… insert trendy indie band description here) that comparisons to Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, the Shins, and even Paul Simon might connote. The name is some reference to Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), which gives the group props for black humor and sets you up to appreciate the lyrical wisdom of bandleader/singer/songwriter Richard Edwards. This is a fairly young band that went from solo outfit to collaborative effort to a full eight piece within a year of its conception, so if the meteoric rise continues, they may not come through town any time again too soon. Take this opportunity to see them close enough to almost touch at Soundlab on Sunday (March 21).

—frances boots

9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. ( $10/$12.