A warning to Ben Kweller fans: His new record is a departure from his usual extremely catchy indie pop songsmithing. That Kweller sound is evolving into something very different, at least for the time being. If you combine dobro, piano, perfectly mournful pedal steel, and sawdust from the honky-tonk floor, you come close to the wistful, sweet, and sad alt-countryish melodies of his newest, Changing Horses. And the Varsity is always the perfect place to appreciate expertly crafted and thoughtful tunes. Tuesday's double bill is bound to be a beautiful night of music, especially with the gorgeous melodies of openers the Watson Twins, who made a name for themselves singing out on Jenny Lewis's solid Rabbit Fur Coat in '06. Their own release, Fire Songs, was a pretty, chilled-out, overlooked gem of last year. 18+.
Tue., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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