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Liam Finn, The Luyas 

When: Mon., March 28, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $12-14
He's beardy, a Kiwi, and melodic royalty—it's Liam Finn, the heir apparent and crown prince son of Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). Liam's in town to give our soggy ears some sunny Fab Four-esque loving, so bask in his charming presence while he shines bright onstage. COURTNEY FERGUSON

Cute as buttons! Each of 'em. But especially the Luyas, a Montreal-based band whose cute quotient is nearly overwhelming. They have a cute lady singer who (among other instruments) plays the "Moodswinger," a 12-string electric zither designed by a "Dutch experimental luthier" named Yuri. Not enough cute for you? McSweeney's ran a profile of them last year, featuring a scene in which the Luyas blindfolded 20 of their fans and led them, via rope, to a practice space where they played a very intimate concert. The Luyas also employ French horns and sometimes violin to create their relaxed, removed indie-pop. They sound like what a curator of a small art gallery might play as early-evening background music while hosting a small party for friends. (Later, once they're all lit up, they'll break out the Creedence.) BRENDAN KILEY

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