Now five years and two albums into their ascent on the local scene, indie-pop quintet Joey Ryan & the Inks (whose frontman is employed here at City Pages) continue to evolve and expand their sound impressively. While they may have started life as sunny '60s-pop revivalists with shiny hooks and a streamlined sound, their latest effort, the six-track [pause ep.], manages to feel weightier than its full-length predecessors despite its shorter running time. While things start off in familiar Inks territory with the soaring single "Of a Feather," subsequent tracks find the band successfully experimenting with moody mid-tempo rock ("The Transfiguration of Eugene Wolf") and woozy-synth-driven balladry ("A Lonely Spark"). The end result feels simultaneously retro and futuristic and a worthy listening-shelf companion to Wilco's Jay Bennett-era efforts. With Farewell Milwaukee.
Sat., April 20, 7 p.m., 2013