Katharine Hepburn’s Voice (CD release)

Friday, March 20

Shannon Perry and D.W. Burnam’s brief electronic contemplations sound a little like what I imagine Ladytron’s very first demos might’ve sounded like: lo-fi, synthesized pop. It’s the kind of music that’s well-suited for basements and bike shops—the first place I ever encountered the band—but KHV’s bouncy little ditties will surely start attracting bigger crowds (and requiring bigger venues than 2020 Cycle) once the band’s third full-length, Stand Up, hits stores. The album is 33.5 minutes of bedroom synth-pop songwriting a little like a less polished, homegrown version of Stars; however, the short songs suggest a punk rock aesthetic, which is only furthered by the band’s DIY approach to packaging and marketing their music. But what I like best about KHV is this: while most electronic pop sounds like it’s been made by robots, this band crafts introspective, emotive songs that are 100% flesh and blood. Photo courtesy David Choe.

Fri., March 20, 9 p.m., 2009