In this economic climate, it's an especially fine testament to a band's appreciation for its fans that it puts on a free show, or, scratch that, free shows. Romantica doesn't need to have free shows. People will and do pay to see them. Yet for the second time in recent memory the local lovelies will be playing gratis at the Fine Line. So if you missed them the first time around, you have a pass. Not bad. Ben Kyle's tempered vocals win him rightful comparisons to Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams. The music is a rootsier Dan Wilson, a happier Damien Rice, with delicate bells and almost mariachi-sounding horns thrown in now and then. With Carrie Rodriguez. 21+.
Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., 2008