Transit of Venus and the inventive song cycle Bad Penny Opera with unrivaled vibrancy and immediacy. Their latest album, Whirligig!, ranges from the string-laden, sun-dappled Laurel Canyon pop grandeur of “Seven League Boots” and the driving mod anthem “Purple Heart Magic” to the ebulliently groovy homage “Roy Wood” and Laughlin’s acoustic folk reverie “Sleep.” A sparkling remake of The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” ranks with The Bluestorms’ sublimely surging 2007 version of “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” Duncan Faure (Rabbitt, Bay City Rollers) also performs.
One of this city’s great lost bands is The Cherry Bluestorms. Fronted by Deborah Gee and ex-Dickies guitarist Glen Laughlin, the power-pop group emerge from the shadows only once or twice a year, but when they do, it’s always special. Unlike so many ’60s-style musicians who are content to faintly imitate garage rock and psychedelic pop from the safe distance of a half-century, The Cherry Bluestorms imbue the jangling original songs and inspired covers on