THE LUMINEERS, LINCOLN'S BEARD
(Bar Bar, 3939 N Mississippi) It's sunny, right? Well, let's pretend it is: Mississippi Studios is once again hosting their free summertime shows out on the Bar Bar patio, and this afternoon's the first of the Lumineers' month-long residency, with the Denver band offering their infectious folk anthems al fresco every Sunday this month. NED LANNAMANN


SLOAN, DEARLY BELOVED
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The longer Sloan is around, the harder they are to comprehend. The Canadian quartet is kind of a miraculous thing, really: All the members in the lineup—unchanged since day one—write and sing, they each shift their instruments between them like there's no tomorrow, and their records (10 albums in all) are dizzy stacks of verses and choruses all strung together into continuous suites like side two of Abbey Road. Now in their 20th year, the band is about as reliable as peanut butter. The new record, The Double Cross, has some pretty damn terrific power-pop songwriting, but it also has virtually nothing to do with what's going on in music right now. Rather, Sloan continues to hold a firm grip on their little fiefdom, where choruses are big and bold and brash, and the Cars' first album is gospel, and there's no need to reinvent something that ain't broke. It's a product, for sure, but Sloan makes a fine one. NL