Sea Wolf

The parenthetical clarification means that this is a show by Alex Brown Church, the leader and only constant member of L.A. indie folkies Sea Wolf. The group scored a modest hit in 2007 with "You're a Wolf," woozy chamber pop from Leaves in the River, a full-length debut mindful of the Shins, Bright Eyes, the Left Banke, the Zombies, and a campfire sing-out behind the conservatory. Church's sometimes breathy and slurry vocals coupled with his fondness for Romantic and folkloric imagery can test one's tolerance for preciousness, while his best tunes satisfy one's hunger for smart prettiness. There were more bells and violas, pounding pianos, and nods toward urgency on 2009's White Water, White Bloom, all of which gave a few cuts the second-hand glow of Arcade Embers. But there were some winners too, such as "Turn the Dirt Over," Church's second memorable song about dirt. He's touring with two like-minded openers, Patrick Park and Sera Cahoone. (Photo by Neil Krug)
Mon., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2010

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