WEDNESDAY

When Heavenly vs. Satan hit turntables in 1991, indie pop was cool—and appeared to have a gleaming future. And Oxford’s Heavenly was indie pop’s most irresistible band. Via Sarah and K Records, Heavenly released a quartet of charming albums, but it remained stuck in a genre that just sort of stalled. Drummer Matthew Fletcher’s death in 1996 signaled the end of the band, but Heavenly’s other members recently regrouped as Marine Research (pictured). They’re now plying a more mature and contemporary sound that nods to the soundtracky moods of Broadcast and makes good use of organ, sonic space, and the occasional soul riff. Sounds From the Gulf Stream, the band’s debut album, is a fine return to the scene. Harvey Williams, a fellow Sarah trooper back in the day—he played in Another Sunny Day, the Field Mice, and Blueboy—has gone all airbrushed for California, his new minialbum for London label Shinkansen. In the perfect surfer’s sunset, fat ’70s bass leads, piano chords, and soft-rock stylings create a warm setting that sometimes complements William’s voclas and sometimes overwhelms them like a high tide. New local band the Saturday People is made up of four international pop vets. Its forthcoming debut single, “Twilight Story,” sounds like what the Byrds might have made had they enrolled in some kind of psychedelic studies program while exchange students in New Zealand in the ’90s, even though Mom forgot to pack the 12-string Rickenbacker. With indie-pop DJ duo the Men From Del Monte at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)