Love-struck garage-pop with huge, doo-woppy choruses may come across as both retro and a bit manufactured, and there’s a fair argument to be made that the Brooklyn four-piece’s defiantly unsigned status is a selling point in its own right. But judged strictly on artistic merit, the 13 clap-happy tracks constituting Locksley’s sophomore effort exude an undeniably classic, refreshingly carefree spirit that few of today’s bands can match. Let the co-opting of their catalog for khaki ads commence.
The bottom line: ***
Opening for Rooney with The Bridges. July 10, 7 p.m., $14. House of Blues, 632-7600.