Unlike her Gossip Girl co-star Taylor Momsen, who defies her preppie character’s image with hard-rock reprobates The Pretty Reckless, Leighton Meester wraps herself in softer, gauzier sounds on romantic dream-pop tunes such as “Heartstrings.” Purring in French, Meester is captivating even amid the slickly anonymous dance-pop production of “Somebody to Love,” a duet with Robin Thicke. Don’t be freaked out if Grace Weber catches your eye when you’re walking down the street. “I see myself in perfect strangers,” the Brooklyn singer confesses on her second album, The Refinery. “I know it’s rude to stare too long, sir/But were we friends three lives ago?” Weber gets away with being a shameless voyeur because she reveals her sly observations with a powerful, R&B-infused voice that pumps up her singer-songwriter ballads to a grander level.

Tue., Jan. 13, 8 p.m., 2015
(Expired: 01/13/15)

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