hails from Northampton, Massachusetts, so it's not too surprising that José Ayerve's singing often resembles the creaky, voice-crackling cadences of Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, who was himself born in nearby Amherst. But on Spouse's third album, Are You Gonna Kiss or Wave Goodbye?
, the band moves beyond its influences -- synth-driven new-wave melancholy, lo-fi riffing popular with indie-rock slackers and heart-on-sleeve emoting à la Death Cab for Cutie. In fact, Goodbye
's smooth assimilation of disparate styles resembles the tricks of fellow Northeast natives the Pernice Brothers, whom Ayerve recently opened for (and also road-manages).
Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $4; call 314-351-5711 for more information.