Positive alternative-rock group Anberlin (above, performing “City Electric” for AXS TV) formed in Central Florida more than a decade ago. They began making a name for themselves by putting out three albums in five years. But things really began to take off with their first major-label release, New Surrender, in 2008, and its follow-up, produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam), Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place two years later, both out on Universal Republic. The five-piece—Stephen Christian (vocals and keys), Joseph Milligan (guitar and vocals), Deon Rexroat (bass), Nathan Young (drums) and Christian McAlhaney (guitar and vocals)—continue with their prolific ways, releasing their seventh full-length, Devotion (stream it below), just a few weeks ago.
Influenced by ’90s radio rock, the Maine formed in Tempe, Ariz., in early 2007 and released their first full-length, the catchy, pop-punk Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, the following year. And like Anberlin, they’re also a five-piece: John O’Callaghan (vocals, guitar and piano), Kennedy Brock (guitar, vocals), Jared Monaco (guitar), Patrick Kirch (drums) and Garrett Nickelsen. And also like their tour mates, the Maine (above, doing “Whoever She Is” for Daytrotter) are quite prolific. Forever Halloween (stream it below), their fourth LP in just six years, was released earlier this year to a fair bit of acclaim. And you can see Anberlin and the Maine—plus Lydia and From Indian Lakes—tonight at Webster Hall.