Musical Witchcraft

Dragons' laidback, somewhat lo-fi pop is a perfect mood-setter for a relaxed summer evening; energetic enough to accompany late-night chore-accomplishing, mellow enough not to wake a roommate. The Arizona band describes itself as "lovingly rockin'" on its Facebook, which seems pretty apt. Musical Witchcraft, a full-length released last month, manages to stay relaxed, though it's a three-piece rock band with two singers and occasional appearances from a coronet and sax. And maybe "pleasant" can be damning with faint praise to some musicians, but Dragons' recordings are, well, pretty pleasant, particularly when the listener is recovering from the crash-boom-bang excitement of loud parties and summer shenanigans.

Dragons injects its aesthetic and lyrics with a little twee cuteness that might turn some people off, with lyrics like, "The mighty spirit of music, it's not dead, it's just sleeping." And any mild pop-rock song backed with sax runs the risk of sounding like Muzak. But every time I get a whiff of that from Dragons, the guitars pick up the pace again and the dreamy dual vocals return it to an indie basement vibe. Musical witchcraft, indeed.

Dragons, along with Valis, Boys and The All-Hail play the VFW, 245 W. Main St., Sat., Aug. 10, at 10 PM. $4.

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