"The O.C." wasn't all bad. Between Adam Brody angstily moping in his bedroom and an irrationally thin Mischa Barton chasing around a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, there was really good music playing.

"The O.C." wasn't all bad. Between Adam Brody angstily moping in his bedroom and an irrationally thin Mischa Barton chasing around a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, there was really good music playing.

The teen drama gave some great bands the national exposure they deserved. Death Cab for Cutie and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are just two whose careers benefitted from airplay on the show (Hot Hot Heat was also featured in an episode).

Someone Still Loves You, who weren't even signed to a label when their song was on "The O.C.," have been touring and churning out cheerful indie pop ever since.

The fun thing about the Springfield, Missouri-based band, beyond the name, is that they very well could be the semi-dorky kids from down the street - Michael Cera would fit right in.

Their sweet, harmonized melodies sound like a less pretentious version of Vampire Weekend, if Vampire Weekend were inspired by pure love rather than African rhythms.

And while their sound retains the vintage aesthetic unintentionally developed during recording in a basement circa 2005, the music has evolved subject-wise in their third album, "Let it Sway," which includes quotes from Lewis Carroll's poetry and covers topics like getting on your own nerves.

Some critics complain that SSLYBY lacks the grit necessary to make their music great. But why should everything have to be gritty? The well-mannered cheeriness makes this music the perfect choice for happy times, like the drive home from work on Fridays.

Telekinesis and The Sewing Circle round out the bill Monday at The Basement. -Heather Gross