× Expand Kiki Schueler Jason NeSmith (aka Caspar Fandango) from Casper & the Cookies × For a little while Monday night at the High Noon Saloon it looked like the Such drastic action was unnecessary, and a look of relief came over Schneider's face as his guitar once again boomed through the speakers. The rest of the show was smooth sailing as the band zipped through 90 minutes of sunny, if occasionally same-y, pop. The bulk of their set drew from the new release New Magnetic Wonder out just "three weeks ago tomorrow." Their first record since '02's Velocity of Sound, Wonder is full of exuberantly playful tunes. Following the trippy "Energy," it suddenly made perfect sense to me that Kyle Motor was in the audience. This is the same kind of Beatles-influenced pop local band the Motorz play. The Apples ended their set with a joyful version of "Ruby" (from Her Wallpaper Reverie). Even though an encore almost seemed unnecessary, they returned for two more well-received songs. Having seen Schneider's uncomfortably odd, and honestly not very good, interim project Marbles, it is good to see him back on track with the Apples. Uncomfortably odd also describes the openers, More discussion about the show includes praise from Ryan Matteson for Casper & the Cookies, as well as comments about the headliners' performance, available for reading here ("the Apples rocked the place out"), here ("none of their songs were duds"), and here.