If 2012 had a single that summed up the feeling of cringing through an election-year parade of stomach-turning callousness and cultural ennui, it was the aptly titled "Everything Is Embarrassing." Sky Ferreira's breakthrough song notched attention for the way it bridged indie-pop aesthetic and mainstream-pop aspirations, especially at a time when fewer and fewer people seemed sure of what constituted "indie" and "mainstream" in a recession era. But what really matters is that Ferreira's merger of plaintive emotion and radio-friendly catchiness, of spare, wistful vulnerability and dance-floor accessibility, isn't anathema to the mainstream or indie worlds. It's a pop-scholar ambition that transcends industry connections and gossipy speculation, a singer's craft that carried her through last year's Ghost EP and should find its potential met on the upcoming debut album, I'm Not Alright. 18+.
Mon., April 1, 7 p.m., 2013