Long established as the edgier, rock half of the Indigo Girls (vividly complementing Emily Saliers's folk lyricism), Amy Ray has further indulged her fiercer inclinations on a series of solo albums, including the recent, roots-oriented Lung of Love. So it's no surprise — but still gratifying — when Ray allows, "There's a little Joe Strummer/In my DNA" midway through the ringing, infectious pop-rocker "Little Revolution." But LOL focuses mainly on the vagaries — often gnarly and regretful — of love. And there's plenty of solace in the music, an alluring array of pop, rock, and Americana, including country ("When You're Gone, You're Gone"), power pop ("Glow"), alt-country ("Crying in the Wilderness," with Eagles harmonies), new wave ("Give It a Go"), and even a stomping Appalachian revival tune ("The Rock Is My Foundation"). It's a wining combo of sinewy, catchy melodies, punkish attitude, human insight, and smart songwriting. Ray will be backed by her longtime pals the Butchies. With the Shadowboxers.
Fri., May 18, 8 p.m., 2012