Major threats

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Ben + Vesper are the other well-pedigreed indie act hitting town this weekend, with a show Saturday night at Strange Maine. The husband-and-wife duo’s debut LP, All of This Could Kill You, is in every way a family affair — a couple singing about their kids, supported by their extended indie-rock family. Daniel Smith, ringleader of the sailor-capped riot-pop orchestra Danielson, produced the album, which has guest spots from a number of Danielson regulars and mega-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens, who (of course) plays five different instruments throughout the album. All about parental joy and anxiety, the occasionally wry (check that title again) folk-pop album is still sweet enough to play for the youngsters; Ben’s silky baritone vocals are similar to the Magnetic Fields’ Stephen Merritt or Jonathan Richman, but he thrives on warmth (and gentle moaning about report cards and credit-card bills) where the others go for deadpan wit. This one starts at 8 pm; catch it before Get Him Eat Him go on.

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