Smart bets: The Growlers

The Growlers are too cool to loiter in pop territory for long. Instead, the zany Californians submerge their catchiest melodies in sun-dazed rock, curbing each tune with a meandering pace and a soothingly lazy vocal track. After eight years and five albums together, the touring musicians claim that honing in on the resulting “beach goth” sound trumps the antics that once escorted them from town to town. “We’re taking [our live sound] a bit more seriously and enjoying the show more,” frontman Brooks Nielson says. “We know drunk Growlers isn’t the best Growlers sonically, and we want the fans to have fun, too.” The probably-mostly-sober band plays in support of its 2014 album, Chinese Fountain, at New Mountain on Wednesday, June 10, at 9 p.m., with opening acts Broncho and The Nude Party. $15/$17. newmountainavl.com. Photo by Pam Littky

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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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