You know you’re in for something special when a band takes its name from a 1982 pre-apocalyptic comedy movie starring and directed by Neil Young. The Canadian folk duo Human Highway consists of Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie from the Montreal band Islands, and has a style that Spin describes as “mid-’70s Simon and Garfunkel-esque.” Their debut album, Moody Motorcycle, was released last summer; its upbeat and soothing jams are catchy, fun and addictive, with melodies that often sound like a more sincere version of Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

HUMAN HIGHWAY PERFORMS AT 8:30 P.M. AT BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490.