La Sera, Turn to Crime, Bingers Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 6, 9 p.m. 2016

One of the canniest covers of the 2000s is Bobby Bare Jr.’s twangy, alt-country version of the Smiths’ “What Difference Does It Make,” which transforms the languidly melodramatic misery of 1980s Britain into the languidly melodramatic misery of modern-day Nashville. Somewhere Katy Goodman was listening. Her group’s recent Ryan Adams-produced album Music for Listening to Music to (Polyvinyl) moves from the catchy indie rock of their early catalog toward a Brit-pop-influenced hootenanny. The rolling tune “High Notes” underlines the connection between Johnny Marr and rockabilly, while lyrics like “I might be tall but I’m not half the man you thought you knew” might make Morrissey himself sonorously moan in melancholic ecstasy. “Time to Go” is perhaps even more perfect, with Goodman launching into familiar Smiths’ “Ooooh, ooooh, ooohs!” and declaring, “The last look that we shared filled you with envy” just before guitarist (and husband) Todd Wisenbaker launches into a hot-picking guitar solo. For the first time Goodman shares vocal duties, and though Wisenbaker’s singing is nasal and uninspired in comparison to the striking purity of her performance, La Sera is still a smart, distinctive band that combines unexpected influences in satisfying ways.

Noah Berlatsky

Price: $15, $13 in advance

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