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Lake, Genders, Jason Traeger 

When: Sat., June 2, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $8
If you've seen the cartoon Adventure Time, you've heard LAKE without even necessarily realizing it—their wonderful song "Christmas Island," which is sort of like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" stripped of its tacit pessimism, accompanies the show's closing credits. But the semi-deep cut "Heaven" off of LAKE's LP Oh, the Places We'll Go is one of the best pop jams of the '00s, "indie" or otherwise. It's one of those magical songs where every musical component coalesces perfectly to form two minutes and 40 seconds of effortless aural bliss. And while that record, and "Heaven" in particular, without a doubt represent LAKE's artistic apex (so far), their two subsequent albums—the vaguely conceptual "Let's Build a Roof" and last year's "Giving and Receiving"—contain plenty of gems, too. LAKE are at once sophisticated and innocent, a simultaneity that pretty much sums up that whole indie pop thing. MORGAN TROPER

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