Songwriter and frequent Dessa collaborator Aby Wolf is now known as A. Wolf and Her Claws. Her group's self-titled debut, celebrated with a release show at the Cedar, shows a deft and unexpected range. "Rise Anew" has an orchestral quality about it, while the vocal harmonizing from Linnea Mohn in "Zero to 60" takes the song from dubstep dance to a hymn and back. "Disassemble" is an eerie lullaby, as Wolf writes from the perspective of a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon. And although the lyrics may be less confessional this time around, there's no confusing these tracks with your average empty-headed pop songs — Wolf thinks too deeply for that. With Brute Heart.
Sat., April 21, 7 p.m., 2012