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The Courtneys are from Vancouver, Canada, but they are so influenced by the smart, jangling alt-pop passages of such Flying Nun bands as The Clean that have been signed to the landmark New Zealand indie label. Drummer-singer Jen Twynn Payne, bassist Sydney Koke and guitarist Courtney Loove often find themselves lyrically obsessed with pop-culture touchstones such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Keanu Reeves while also paying homage to their namesake by going under the pseudonyms Crazy Courtney, Classic Courtney and Cute Courtney. “Country Song,” from the group’s second album, II, doesn’t sound at all like country music. Instead, it’s marked by droning, raining sheets of guitar and soaring grunge-pop vocals that evoke The Courtneys’ Kiwi inspirations. Similarly, enigmatic tracks like “Minnesota” are shrouded by a fuzzy shoegaze filter. With Ian Sweet.

Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Fri., Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m.; $15. (213) 389-3856, www.bootlegtheater.org.

LA Weekly