Brad Oberhofer has many reasons to be cheerful. This month, the Brooklyn-based 21-year-old releases what is dubbed a debut, the optimistic orchestral pop album "Time Capsules II," on top-notch indie label Glassnote Records. He and his band, who go under the moniker Oberhofer, spent last fall recording it with Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite -- whose résumé includes U2, Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band. In short, wow, what a time he's having -- especially today.

"I just ate a delicious cookie," Oberhofer says gleefully. His aunt in Santa Barbara sent him 10 homemade chocolate-chip cookies, but he didn't eat them all at once. "I like to savor them. I had a couple a day and saved this one all day yesterday. But I decided that it's the day before the tour, so it's a good day to eat it."

Savoring sweet spots is what it's all about. Oberhofer's cheer is only interrupted by the question of why his so-called debut album is called "Time Capsules II."

"Well, this isn't actually my first album. ... I don't want to talk about it."


OK then. So, it's swiftly back to the moment! The spring tour sees Oberhofer play Coachella for the first time, adding another thrill to his collection.

"I'm so excited -- not nervous at all," Oberhofer insists. "I just play as hard as I can play every single time I ever play anything. If that's not good enough, then, whatever."

Choco song

Oberhofer says his influences include "everything that I've ever experienced."

Can we expect a chocolate-chip cookie song at some point? "It won't become a song, but it will end up influencing a melody. ... I believe that everything anyone ever hears influences them. I like listening to Tchaikovsky, but I don't think that influences me more than a cheesy pop song I hear in the store."

If you go


with Pond

Tonight, 9

Brighton Music Hall

158 Brighton Ave., Allston

18+, $12, 21+, 800-745-3000
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