Apparently, the Lucksmiths were not so dubbed simply for irony’s sake. Things sometimes fall perfectly in place for this Australian trio. This past year in Europe, the band not only opened for everybody’s bedroom-listening faves Belle & Sebastian, but also “stumbled into a bountiful recording situation” with a Parisian named Wilfried. With borrowed instruments, the Lucksmiths laid down six new songs during a three-day apartment session on the Boulevard Voltaire. D.C.’s Matinee Recordings is releasing the product stateside as Staring at the Sky. Piano, horns, and harmonica blend with the Lucksmiths’ pared-down, intimate sound. On “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better,” and “The Golden Age of Aviation,” the Lucksmiths sail through the melancholy cobwebs—even though the next morning, the boys still have to contend with a woman so dull she’s “The Opposite of Coffee.” With the Saturday People at 8 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (John Dugan)

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