Exploding gangs of clowns and crying children don’t sound like they make for a particularly happy music video, but on their latest album, Broken Into Better Shape, the gentlemen from Good Old War are inserting brightness wherever they can find it. Whether that’s through the lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me” of the aforementioned video or the new reverb and percussion-heavy sounds they’re incorporating on this fourth album, each song seems to twinkle. Even the song titles—“Never Gonna See Me Cry,” “I’m the One”—harness an upbeat charm, making Good Old War the ideal soundtrack for a summer evening. Although the band has eschewed its earlier reserved, acoustic sounds that once drew comparisons to other folk-pop acts like Dawes, its trademark delicate and thoughtful lyrics about love and loss remain at the fore. Good Old War performs with Pete Hill and Elliot Root at 8 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 F St. NW. $15–$20. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.