The songs of Alvvays seem like the musical incarnations of a teen girl’s diary entries: moody, hopeful, and wide-eyed. Their self-titled album, released this summer via locals Polyvinyl, teems with innocence and earnest, as ephemeral as youth but as vicious as naive determination.

Molly Rankin, the Toronto group’s lead singer and guitarist, adds a ’60s softness to the band’s sound, while Kerri Maclellan, Alec O’Hanley, Brian Murphy, and Phil MacIsaac coordinate anthemic pop melodies to channel their trademark sweet angst.

Their penchant for melancholy has drawn a few like-minded fans, including Ben Gibbard, who covered the song in Seattle this week.

You can get in on the angst too when they play Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco later this month. Get ticket info and check out their lead single “Archie, Marry Me” below.

Looking for a hook-up? We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a CD of their self-titled album from Polyvinyl.

To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Alvvays at Rickshaw Stop and a copy of their self-titled album on CD from Polyvinyl, email with “Alvvays” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Alvvays, Absolutely Free, Talk in Tongues
Rickshaw Stop
November 29, 2014
9pm, $10

Alvvays @ Rickshaw Stop