Although the members of Lake Street Dive met a decade or so ago at the New England Conservatory, the band is named for some unspecified joint on the seedy avenue that transects south Minneapolis, thanks to Mill City native guitarist/trumpeter/vocalist Mike "McDuck" Olson. Suddenly the quartet is as hot as the genuine Lake Street is frozen, turning up on the Colbert Report and in a now-viral YouTube video of a streetcorner performance of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," and crossing the country on a mostly sold-out tour, while their new album, Bad Self Portraits, rockets up the charts. The magical Lake Street touch is an infectious blend of classic '60s pop, R&B, and blue-eyed soul laced with subtle streaks of jazz, country, and rock. Rachael Price's big, soulful voice is out front, but just as key are luminous four-part harmonies, Bridget Kearney's acoustic bass, and a prevailing aura of whimsical intensity. So are the smart originals that on Portraits dissect relationships with rare perspective, dark humor, and grown-up words like "reticent" and "acquiesce."
Sat., March 8, 9:30 p.m., 2014