We’re not sure exactly when the folks at Pitchfork started valuing “actual decent songs” over “instant-cred reference points” (can someone point us in the direction of a well-written Wolf Parade tune?), but that’s their main criticism of Movie Monster, the Capitol debut from Austin upstarts Sound Team, which received a lowly 3.7 rating (ouch!). Why are we telling you this? Because we think it’s funny that, following in the footsteps of sour-grapes grousers like Travis Morrison and David Bazan (scroll down for a live version of Bazan's ode to Ryan Schreiber), the band have gone public to protest their forking. Their “visual depiction of Pitchfork’s review,” a video posted on YouTube that involves a Sound Team scarecrow being pitched off a cliff and lit on fire, is more pitiful than funny, but the album itself is pretty good — full of cool electric piano, airy, Edge-y guitars, not-annoying new wave–isms, and even some actual decent songs — so we’ll go ahead and recommend checking them out at T.T.'s, where they’re joined by California blog darlings Cold War Kids and the Jason Lee-approved indie fivesome Midlake, from Dalton, Texas | 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | 617.492.BEAR.
LISTEN: Sound Team, "Your Eyes Are Liars"