Following the premature demise of his wildly popular indie-rock group Girls, singer-songwriter Christopher Owens re-emerges with vintage pop travelogue “Lysandre” and a visit to Seattle. Some may find the 33-year-old San Franciscan’s sacrifice of gritty guitars for fluttery flutes and bombastic brass bewildering, but material like the tender “A Broken Heart,” driving “Here We Go Again” and stark, self-critical “Love is in the Ear of the Listener” shines with Serge Gainsbourg romanticism and Elliott Smith vulnerability. Owens performs “Lysandre” front-to-back with an eight-piece ensemble, followed by a cover set aimed at further articulating his new direction. 9 p.m. Thursday, the Vera Project, Seattle Center, $20-$22 (206-956-8372 or www.theveraproject.org).
Charlie Zaillian, Seattle Times freelancer