Throughout her career, Juliana Hatfield has penned an impressive number of thoughtful, melodic and musically varied original songs. But going back to the 1980s and her time with Blake Babies — when she bent genders with a coyly charming remake of The Stooges’ feral “Loose” — the Massachusetts singer has also specialized in uniquely personal covers of material by other musicians. In 2018, Hatfield defied expectations of punk-rock coolness when she released Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, and late last year she similarly re-examined the work of Sting and company with Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police. Rather than just mimic the overplayed originals, she imbued them with her own wit and arrangements, especially a punked-out revitalization of the dozy “Murder by Numbers.” Despite such digressions, Hatfield is at her best on 2019’s Weird, a set of glowing original indie-rock anthems.
The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; Monday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.; $16 & $21; all ages. (213) 413-8200, www.spacelandpresents.com/e/juliana-hatfield-78304158847.
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