PARQUET COURTS, THE URBAN LOUNGE, Tuesday, June 18, 9 p.m., $8
Simply put, New York's Parquet Courts have created one of my favorite few albums released so far in 2013 with their sophomore effort, Light Up Gold. Fifteen songs full of jagged guitars, catchy-as-hell bass lines and vocal interplay between the band's two songwriters make for some exciting, brash rock and roll in the vein of Gang of Four, with a dash of Pavement. Originally from Texas, the quartet is more inviting than many of their detached Brooklyn peers, while turning a somewhat jaundiced eye toward the plight of their generation growing into adulthood amid multiple wars, a horrible economy and little hope for improvement. Funny thing is, the uplifting sound of a young rock band hitting its stride is exactly the kind of thing that gives me hope for the future. Koala Temple and Pentagraham Crackers open the show.