Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers: Fizzy, fuzzy, big and buzzy.
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
$12. 314-727-4444. Also playing at 6 p.m. at Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University
City. Free. 314-721-4096.
As leader of the mid-'90s band the Refreshments, Roger Clyne toed the line between MTV-ready alternative rock and jokey slacker anthems. (The band's big single, "Banditos," would fit right in on a mixtape between Nada Surf's "Popular" and the Toadies' "Possum Kingdom.") But these days, he's fronting Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, whose latest album, No More Beautiful World,keeps the smirking world view and aims for a kind of catch-all vision of rock & roll. The album finds Clyne struggling (and succeeding) to keep a positive outlook on a world that's crumbling around him, from the optimistic, roots-rocking opener "Hello New Day" to the ska-inflected "Lemons," which deals with the fickle wheel of fate. Clyne's sunny disposition relies a bit too heavily on cliché, but his strong, expressive voice is able to make the songs convincing.