It’s a little surprising that Object is made up of a pair of young New Yorkers, not refugees from a moderately popular mid-’90s grunge band. The Brooklyn drum-and-guitar act certainly squeezes enough bombast out of its two-pronged lineup to sound like it would fit perfectly at the moment when alt-rock became synonymous with Top 40. Singer-guitarist Eric Kramer’s rasp sometimes recalls Kurt Cobain, and other times it dips down into a throaty, dramatic Chris Cornell intonation, updating the sounds of “Black Hole Sun” for a world waiting to see if the Large Hadron Collider will create one. But on its debut full-length,Black Swan, Object adds enough tweaks to the formula to remind you that: 1) it’s the 21st century; and 2) Pearl Jam will never die.
OBJECT PERFORMS WITH THE PUBLIC GOOD AND ALECSANDER AT 9:30 P.M. AT THE RED & THE BLACK, 1212 H ST. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.