If the girls who like Ed Sheeran find out about JD Eicher and the Goodnights, there will be no stopping the Pittsburgh/Youngstown band.
It brings that kind of melody, sensibility and vivid songwriting to its new pop-rock effort, "Into Place," which it considers a trilogy to its first two albums, "The Shape of Things" and "Shifting" (put them all together).
This album has the band hooking up with New Jersey indie label Rock Ridge Music, which has worked with Reel Big Fish, Sister Hazel and Attack! Attack!, among others. "In Place" was crisply produced by Dustin Burnett (Newsboys, Augustana) and features contributions from O.A.R. saxophonist Jerry DePizzo and local neo-soul singer Joy Ike.
The focus, obviously, is on the writing and vocals of Mr. Eicher, who draws easy comparisons such artists as Jason Mraz and Mr. Sheeran but has grown more confident and musically adventurous with each album.
He has said of this one, "A lot of the songs are about finding peace where you are, while hopefully not sounding like sermons."
The band is currently on a Midwest tour that stops at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, at 9 p.m. Saturday for a record release show. Tickets are $6 advance; $8 day of show. www.jdeicherandthegoodnights.com.
One Night in Athens
Back in the day, Athens, Ga., was a musical hotbed producing, most notably, a pair of bands in R.E.M. and The B-52's that shared little in common in terms of look or sound.
They are the focus of One Night in Athens, from the collective of veteran Pittsburgh musicians that has brought you the Rex Theater tributes to the Clash, Elvis Costello, Bowie, etc.
The Reckoning, an R.E.M. tribute band, has been at this for a few years. New to the scene is The Re-52's, which debuted this spring at the Persad Underwriter's Circle Cocktail Party and also played Pittsburgh Pride.
The Re-52's mission statement says: "The Re-52's don't pretend to be an exact copy of The B-52's -- that would be impossible. What they're trying to capture is a feeling, a certain spirit that lives in the B-52's music: a warm inclusiveness, a gleeful insanity, a wild abandon."
The bands play a benefit for Persad, the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that works to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ communities and the HIV/AIDS community, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rex Theater, South Side. Tickets are $13 advance/$15 door. www.rextheatre.com.