After five years recording for the Seattle label Hardly Art, Los Angeles band La Sera, led by singer/bassist Katy Goodman, has some lovely new songs from a new album on Polyvinyl. La Sera plays at Barboza Sunday, May 29.
Singer/bassist Katy Goodman first gained fame with the late-2000s “it band” Vivian Girls, but her second group, La Sera, has outlived the first. Sunday (May 29) at Barboza, La Sera celebrates its fourth LP, “Music for Listening to Music To,” besting Vivian Girls’ three.
While the title is clumsy, the music is anything but. Recorded for Illinois-based label Polyvinyl (after a five-year stint on Seattle’s Hardly Art) “Music for Listening to Music To” was produced by country-pop chameleon Ryan Adams and features guitarist and co-songwriter Todd Wisenbaker, who is married to Goodman. His jangly leads evoke the Smiths’ Johnny Marr, his vocal assists X’s John Doe. But most rewarding for those who’ve followed Goodman’s underdog Los Angeles band over the years: This is the record where she realizes her potential as a singer. Pop songs “A Thousand Ways” and “Take My Heart” both showcase her lovely, yearning lilt.
Sunday’s show is co-headlined by The Good Life, the stripped-down side project of emo-punk veteran Tim Kasher.
8 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or thebarboza.com).
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