Dime Box Band are a local country-rock group led by singer-guitarist Kristi Callan. In the late ’80s, she fronted the beloved power-pop combo Wednesday Week, setting the template for numerous thoughtful-but-tuneful indie-pop bands who followed. With Dime Box Band, Callan revels more in her country-folk side in a family act that features her son James Nolte on guitar, as well as fiddler/mandolinist Lyn Bertles and her drummer-husband, Nick Vincent, and their son, bassist Alex. On the group’s new album, Happy, Callan muses about “What Went Wrong” as her lamentations are draped with Bertles’ streaks of fiddle. “All or Nothing” rocks harder and evokes Wednesday Week’s melodicism, whereas “Close Your Eyes” is a more dramatic country-ballad weeper distinguished by Callan’s rueful, unfurling vocals. “They tore a hole through my daddy’s land,” she laments on the bluesy and politically defiant anti–oil pipeline anthem “Keystone.” The free afternoon set at the power-pop roundup Big Stir also includes Plasticsoul, The Test Pressings and the charmingly strange British folkies 13 Frightened Girls.
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