Smart bets: Allah-Las

Los Angeles surf rockers Allah-Las love the beach, and if songs like “Sacred Sands” and “Catamaran” don’t get the point across, the band’s most recent album, Worship the Sun, certainly will. The quartet’s meandering guitar parts and prominent vocal harmonies recall a vintage Beach Boys vibe but remind listeners that a day on the Pacific also includes heat, sweat and the grit of sand. The band’s latest single, “Follow You Down,” (not a cover of the ’90s hit), for example, borrows from The Smiths’ modus operandi, pairing upbeat melodies with melancholy lyrics of love lost. Fellow Californian dreampop-psych musicians Tashaki Miyaki open for the Allah-Las at the Mothlight on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 p.m. $12/$15. themothlight.com. Photo by Nolan Hall

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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