While I wouldnt go comparing him to David Bowie just yet, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche has style-hopped rather dramatically in a short career thats already produced six albums (including the Dan in Real Life soundtrack). Beatlesque chamber-pop, New Wave, torch-jazz, lounge, power-pop, and classic Laurel Canyon soft-rock have all been part of his repertoire, and all of it comes together on his new and most appealing disc, Heartbeat Radio. Sharp, melodically and structurally sophisticated, and catchy as hell, Lerches tunes are terrific, and hes a fine performer with a smooth, evocative voice and a sense of nuance that belies his 27 years. If creative, sterling, and entertaining pop craftsmanship is your thing, youll want to be here tonight. With JBM. 7:30 p.m. show all ages.
Tue., Sept. 29, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., 2009