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Wednesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)


After honing their skills at all-ages clubs and in church basements, whimsical indie-rockers Eisley eventually caught the attention of Coldplay, who asked the Texas quintet to be the opening act on their 2003 U.S. tour. But even more fortuitously, Reprise Records came calling. Room Noises, Eisley's subsequent major-label full-length debut, comes across as Rilo Kiley's tagalong little sister, all spun-sugar twang sprinkled with quirky, melodic pixie dust. Sisters Sherri and Stacy DuPree are eerily precocious vocalists, twisting their voices together to resemble the siren call of mythological mermaids. But Eisley's wholesome, Leave It to Beaver shtick — i.e., Noises contains a song titled "Golly, Sandra" — never sounds pious or preachy, just the stuff little girls can idolize but never outgrow.

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