Blue-Ribbon Band

We had an epiphany the other day: modern music that’s heavy on the woe-is-me whine or anything that’s cute is, well, not good. Agent Ribbons, who are like a rocking, what-the-crap-are-you-looking-at version of Vermillion Lies, is pretty much the opposite of these things.

The band’s sound is firmly rooted in retro, from the old-timey cabaret noises like those made by a toy piano to early ‘80s garage-y tendencies. And it’s all backed by Natalie Gordon’s bordering-on-quivering vocals that sound as if they’ll crumble along with her heart during the tune “Boy with the Wooden Lips” that the Sacramento-based trio features on its awesome 2006 album On Time Travel and Romance.

Tue., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., 2009