Bugging out

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Ladybug Transistor's credentials don't impress me.

I'm not going to front like I'm some devoted student of the famed Elephant 6 collective, the cadre of retro-futuristic psychedelic-pop bands that rotated around Athens, Georgia, during that golden age of indie rock known as the 1990s.

Like any music nerd who abandoned Rolling Stone for Pitchfork, I swear by Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and I've dabbled in latter-day Of Montreal. But as for the rest of the E6 heavy-hitters, I passively drift through my encounters with Olivia Tremor Control, I find Elf Power snooze-worthy and Apples in Stereo's mediocrity actively angers me.

Maybe if I had been a few years older, the whole movement would have meant more to me. As it stands, second- and third-tier E6 bands like Brooklyn's Ladybug Transistor don't generally generate much excitement. But a quick spin through 2007's Can't Wait Another Day suggests that maybe the Ladybug Transistor deserve better than to be viewed through the lens of their former associates. (Sorry, guys.)

Theirs is the sort of dignified, deceptively mellow pop that sounds particularly pleasant on a spring night at The Treehouse, just before last call. Conveniently, next Thursday's visit to Columbus should provide just the right circumstances.

In true childlike fashion, Super Desserts will come first.

What: The Ladybug Transistor

When: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26

Where: The Treehouse, Grandview

Web: myspace.com/treehouse_entertainment