If Mother Nature appreciates mid-level indie rock as much as I suspect, she’ll make sure to coordinate tonight’s sunset with Beach House taking Merriweather’s stage. Sandwiched between the lean agro-fuzz of the Dum Dum Girls and Vampire Weekend’s always-controversial khaki-core, the Baltimore duo is primed for the most picturesque ambiance of the evening. It’s a good thing, too: The band’s songs are not exactly built for the summer sun, but tailor-made for a moody segue into an early fall evening. Teen Dream, the band’s latest release, expanded its already-rising profile, though the hazy melancholy of songs like “Take Care” and “Silver Soul” are hardly bids for crossover adulation. The band’s increasing popularity has made it challenging to replicate its hushed recordings to swelling crowds: Non-tailgaters can expect Beach House to perform as a four-piece, making room for a drummer and an additional keyboardist who, according to its website, also plays “distortiony bass.”
BEACH HOUSE PERFORMS AT 6:00 P.M. AT MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, 10475 LITTLE PATUXNET PKWY., COLUMBIA, MD. $30-45. (410)-715-5550.