“I was born too late/This old soul can’t seem to relate,” Jen Awad wails on “Love Is Dead,” the title track of her 2018 EP. Indeed, the local diva recalls the soulful dramatics of 1960s girl-group singers with her powerhouse vocals. “I miss loving you, just like some nostalgic fool,” she confides, and while her retro tunes are heavily steeped in nostalgia, she revives the spirit of vintage pop with an energetic, vibrant intensity. Cutty Flam’s curious blend of garage, pop and roots-rock is also retro, but the way the lo-fi local trio combine their influences feels simultaneously familiar and strangely new. Their jangling garage-rock originals fall have a Buddy Holly simplicity combined with Mickey & Sylvia romanticism and Jonathan Richman–style whimsy.
Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, 2230 W. Sixth St., Westlake; Thurs., July 11, 7 p.m.; free. (213) 201-6114, levittlosangeles.org.
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