Few bands suffer more "style-over-substance" criticism than Vivian Girls, the highly stylish and reasonably substantial Brooklyn buzz band that will play The Summit Friday night.

Few bands suffer more "style-over-substance" criticism than Vivian Girls, the highly stylish and reasonably substantial Brooklyn buzz band that will play The Summit Friday night.

To be sure, there is a monochrome consistency to the trio's distinctive brand of sleepy-eyed garage rock. Sophomore release Everything Goes Wrong strays little from the echo-stoned Spector punk of Vivian Girls' self-titled debut - a bit more polished, perhaps, but basically the same entree.

And they serve it with a detached sloppiness that deflects many a listener, belting out tongue-in-cheek love songs with the kind of just-barely-flatness that comes from being too cool for school.

But damn if every simplistic shoegaze sing-along doesn't grab me and shake me until I see music these ladies' way. They're not shooting for the moon here, just aiming to bash out some rudimentary rock songs with enough quality to shine through the hipster veneer. So far, they keep hitting their target.

The band's Nightmare of Sound Tour also brings the Beets, fellow New Yorkers from the Black Lips school of retro rock, and Hot Cha Cha, a heralded Cleveland post-punk quartet set to release its first LP this fall.