Ukrainian-born Alina Simone used to channel some dark influences in her bookish folk-pop; she morosely paid homage to Yanka Dyagileva, a suicidal young Soviet artist, for her third album, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware. That was . . . fun. But the Brooklyn fixture embraced a little hope last summer when she became an Obama advocate, writing editorials (check legit music blog LargeHeartedBoy for an especially moving essay) and stumping for a brighter future. Now, her music is no less meditative, but is teeming with nuanced optimism; her new split seven-inch with Americana rockers the Black Swans is expressive proof. She’ll perform with them tonight.

Thu., May 21, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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