In the five years it's been together, my my my how My My My's sound has changed.
It's 2007 debut, ''Theme Songs for Your Melancholy,'' primarily is an acoustic guitar record with Russell Baylin's voice front and center.
The Chicago band's latest release, the 2011 EP ''Wishing You Whatever's Best,'' features a more keyboard/synthesizer-driven sound that relies on the vocal interplay between Baylin and Sarah Snow.
''The older stuff is very New Pornographers,'' Snow said during a telephone interview from Chicago. ''The newer stuff is more LCD Soundsystem. We have six people in the band and they all have fantastic ideas. Russell still does a majority of the writing, but we write more collaboratively now.''
The group's next release should be even more collaborative. Snow admitted she was a little distracted by another project last year - her wedding. But those nuptials are one of the reasons the band is playing Saturday at Cedar's Lounge.
Snow originally is from Cincinnati, and both her husband and lead guitar player Ante S. Gelo are from the Cleveland area
WHO: My My My, Gossip Culture and Estocar
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cedar's Lounge, 23 N. Hazel St., Youngstown
HOW MUCH: $5.
''We've been wanting to play closer to our families,'' she said. ''On June 15 we're hitting up Cincinnati, and we've grown our fan base there ... We've been wanting to play northeast Ohio for quite some time.''
The band - Baylin, lead vocals and keyboards; Snow, lead vocals and Microkorg; Gelo, guitar; Jake Bartolone, bass and vocals; Johnny Szymanski, keyboards and vocals; and John Sorenson, drums - has been successful at home, playing some of Chicago's top clubs and festivals as well as performing at such events as the Sundance Film Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest and North by Northeast in Toronto.
Several of its songs also have been used on such television shows as ''Keeping Up with the Kardashians,'' ''Bad Girls Club,'' ''Last Call with Carson Daly,'' ''The Real World: San Diego'' and ''The Real World: Las Vegas.''
''TV producers like unsigned bands because they don't have to pay the same royalties (as name acts),'' Snow said. '''Real World put our name on the website - 'On this episode, these are the bands that you heard' - and we saw traffic on our website after 'Bad Girls Club.' I think some artists feel it's selling out. For us, we want to be heard.''
That's one of the reasons the band is giving away a free mp3 download of the song ''Hard Kisses'' on its website - www.mymymyband.com. The wonderfully catchy track is a great barometer of the band's music. Baylin and Snow sing ''If we kiss real hard the city lights will turn to stars'' in a swelling chorus on top of a keyboard/synth swirl that may remind older listeners of Human League.
For the Cedar's date, My My My will be joined by three backing singers, and the audience will get a sneak peak at the band's new material.
''We'll play three new songs when we hit Youngstown,'' she said. ''I had a little more influence on these because last year I was busy planning a wedding. I personally feel really connected to the newer songs. I think it's more along the lines of 'Wishing You Whatever's Best.'''