The Wonder Years
What began as a college pastime has become a full-time career for Pennsylvania pop-punks the Wonder Years. Their 2010 album The Upsides was powered by punchy but angsty music that recalled OG emo bands like Promise Ring and the Get Up Kids. But if the Wonder Years are frustrated with their lives, at least they've got a sense of humor about it: "We're broke as fuck, but we can't complain," they sing on the 90-second song "Keystone State Dude-Core," from their 2007 debut Get Stoked On It! Last summer's Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing borrows its title from Allen Ginsberg's poem "America" and offers a nostalgia-tinged reevaluation of home and cherished illusions after a long year spent on the road. They not only explore more dynamic and nuanced arrangements here; they also sharpen their narrative-driven lyricism, sketching an entire suburban ecosystem of thwarted hopes and dyspeptic yearning. — Chris Parker
With Polar Bear Club, Transit, the Story So Far, and Into It Over It. 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Peabody's. Tickets: $15, $13 in advance; call 216-776-9999 or visit peabodys.com.
South Carolina singer-songwriter and occasional one-man jam band Zach Deputy has averaged somewhere around 275 concerts a year since 2008, playing just about any place that would have him. That work ethic and his super-spirited songs have made him a regular at summertime festivals like Bonnaroo, All Good, and Mountain Jam, where he's developed a fervent following among jam-band fans. But he's not about to be confined to that constricting label. On his latest album, last year's Another Day, Deputy expands his sound with a full-time group, which will join him onstage at House of Blues this week. He's more soulful these days on songs like "Sweet Rene" and "Remember," even getting downright funky on "Make It Right" and a little bit jazzy on "Sleep." Deputy takes the best parts of John Mayer, Amos Lee, and Ben Harper, and wraps them in a package that feels way more real in the end. — John Patrick Gatta
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. House of Blues. Tickets: $17, $15 in advance; call 216-523-2583 or visit houseofblues.com.
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