The Story of Fred Short and the accompanying live release, Woodstock Sessions — is fairly straightforward, mainstream pop-rock that relies more on an easygoing charm than flashy musicianship. Such tunes as “Dropkick” and “In the Afternoon Tomorrow” exude a pleasantly escapist, laid-back vibe. Local singer-guitarist Wyndham (Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and a former touring member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) spins similarly mellow passages on his recent EP, Double You. Much of the fire tonight emanates from the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, who pump up their traditionally rooted grooves with a more overtly passionate and harder-hitting approach.
Although pianist Marco Benevento comes from the jazz and experimental rock scenes and has worked in the past with Brad Mehldau and members of Phish, the music on his two most recent releases —