La Sera, Videotape 18+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., May 15, 9 p.m. 2012

Too magnetic and fun to forever play the sidekick in the Vivian Girls, Katy Goodman (enough already with "Kickball Katy," all right?) moved to center stage when she took the plunge and went solo as La Sera—a move that also seemed like a sign that the buzz around Brooklyn's favorite female purveyors of reverb-drenched garage had begun to subside. Just a little over a year after her side project's bare-bones self-titled debut in 2011, Goodman returns with the dreamy Sees the Light (Hardly Art), which benefits both from the introduction of a full band and from the sonic equivalent of Pacific Ocean sway—the hypnotic "Real Boy" is practically sipping-from-a-coconut, island-­hammock music. Despite the chill vibe and hazy playfulness, though, it's an out-and-out breakup album, and Goodman's blunt lyrics often teeter between inspirational and bleak: the very first airy line of "Love That's Gone" is "I love my life without you." Sees the Light is a solid step forward from La Sera's debut—a heads-up that Goodman is a front woman, and very much deserves to be. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $10

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