Bethesda is a six-piece blend of atmosphere and bittersweet Americana heartache. Even the Akron, Ohio, band's frivolity is no match for its soaring, epic refrain. Though secular in practice, Bethesda curries belief in its listeners and restores faith in the hardest of hearts. The band is classic American roots with a nod to all of its sepia-toned prequels. Its music is all over television and the band is all over the map, having played at Bonnaroo and SXSW this past year (and that's just to start). A new album is on the way in 2013. Catch 'em live in the meantime. Pallavi also performs.
Bethesda plays Saturday, January 26, 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$8. abilenebarandlounge.com.