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Preview: Generationals album release 

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the pop duo's new album and party at Maison

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Through chance and happy circumstance, there is no other active New Orleans band whose growth I've had the privilege of watching as close-up as the Generationals. The introduction came almost a decade ago, via Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner's cutting, interlocking guitar hooks on The Eames Era's 2004 single "Could Be Anything." It was a clear aha discovery, confirmed the next year when the track sat comfortably between Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service on a Grey's Anatomy sampler. Five years later came another aha moment: After reading a Gambit story I had written about Chris Watson moving his Park the Van music label back to New Orleans, Widmer and Joyner bumped into us (accidentally?) at the Mid-City Yacht Club in January 2009, handing over an unmarked CD-R they had just mastered. Listening to it in the car brought on the same rush — these were the smartest modern pop songs I had heard in New Orleans. At the end of March, Widmer and Joyner signed on as Park the Van's initial homegrown band, and by July, Con Law was its first local release; those candied love songs ("Faces in the Dark," "Exterior Street Day," "When They Fight, They Fight") have since appeared in Reese's commercials and Drew Barrymore movies. Heza, Generationals' breakout debut for Polyvinyl Records, arrived in April, and surely someone will soon discover the band's nostalgic charm and generous melodic gifts by hearing "Extra Free Year" or "Put a Light On" ringing out in an iPod ad or an episode of How I Met Your Mother. When I hear them, it's this story that plays as well, and how fortunate I am to have met them first. Gringo Star and Coyotes open. Tickets $12. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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