Maybe it's the New York aroma that's soaked steadily into Keren Ann's leather jacket. After all, Nolita has been one of the borderless singer-songwriter's many second homes, as well as an album title. Whatever its source, the instrumental and vocal seasoning she's added since beginning to work principally in English and French (on Nolita and a 2007 self-titled) has brought a sanguine badassness to an already alluring sound. Who knows; maybe it's just more Van Halen on her car radio. Still, there's nothing wrong with more steady-eddie strut. Why not add some shout to that whispery stroll 'long the Canal Saint-Martin?
Sun., Dec. 13, 9 p.m., 2009