Sometime protégées of Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Scottish indie rockers Camera Obscura have hit a winning streak with critics for their last few releases. . . not that you could tell from their music. No matter how many major keys the band plays, frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell has cultivated a bittersweet coo, which gives the music a sense of lovesick anticipation that rarely resolves. Openers Papercuts play similar pining pop, their only downfall being that they sometimes sound too dreamy and get lost in the song.
Sun., Nov. 22, 9 p.m., 2009