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Because we are a specific breed of nerd, I was talking to a colleague about the ubiquity of Pet Sounds references by rock critics and indie-popsters. He pinpointed the trend as having started when the masterpiece was released on CD. I argued that it happened when it was reissued on vinyl. Regardless of the outcome of our incredibly important dialogue, the fact is that you no longer have to root through a thrift store in Altoona to find some golden nuggets. That’s why inspiration can get samey, why indie pop has itself developed a set of tropes as overused as “noodly” for jam band or “distortion” for Sonic Youth. The Color Bars’ debut disc, Making Playthings, presents the ultimate name-the-influence game: The New York band’s sound filters through Brian Wilson, the Byrds, and even a little Marc Bolan and George Harrison. It’s a lazy, hazy sound, but it all goes down so easy—how can it not be a good time? The Color Bars play with Babyteeth at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)