Blood Pony 

7:30 p.m. Friday, January 8. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

In December, locals Blood Pony opened for the Rural Alberta Advantage and the Shaky Hands at Off Broadway. The sextet's vibrant indie-pop fit perfectly alongside the rickety charm of the former and the classic-rock-leaning propulsion of the latter. Vocalist Jim Walker, although at times wavering around the correct note, crooned like a worldly Conor Oberst, as insistent guitars swirled around him; trombone, violin and other twinkling percussion further added color and whimsy. Blood Pony's debut EP, Kissing Cities, is a good representation of its live sound; its well-constructed songs ebb, flow and crescendo in all the right places.

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