Voice Choices

Landlady

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For Adam Schatz — visionary architect of the annual Winter Jazz Fest spectacular that took over downtown just over a week ago — there’s nary a minute to revel in the bacchanal’s latest triumphant turn. Schatz is back onstage with Farfisa and electronic gadgets in tow and fronting Landlady, his DIY-or-die, melody-laced art-pop collective. On last year’s terrific and eclectic Upright Behavior, the perpetual charmer Schatz, always with heart on sleeve, led his troupe through a colorful set of precise yet elastic soul-jazz. With Schatz’s husky croon taking center stage, Landlady’s stadium-sized, hook-dripping Stax Records–influenced rock fuses elements of Talking Headsian African rhythms (their double-drummer percussive attack is lethal) and TV on the Radio–like electro-r&b, a combo exuding the community-minded spirit the frontman is known for. Fellow Brooklynites and pop darlings Leapling also lay the melodies on delightfully and contagiously thick. On the forthcoming revelation Vacant Page (due February 10 via the ascending Exploding in Sound label), the quartet — led by singer-songwriter Dan Ames — weave a majestically orchestral, jangly and jazzy dream-pop that’s as soothing and complex as their kindred spirits like Broadcast, The Sea & Cake, and Portishead. Heaven for Real open the show, which begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $10.

Wed., Jan. 21, 9 p.m., 2015

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