When Liz Pappademas made her debut in the local music scene in the early 2000s, she stood out from the horde of rock-star wannabes through the sheer force of her songwriting. Such early releases as 11 Songs and Television City, an elaborate concept album about love and disappointment on a fictional TV game show, revealed rampant wit and poetic insights mixed with memorable and affecting melodies. The L.A. vocalist mysteriously dropped out of sight for several years, but she makes a grand return from the shadows with her new album, Rock Record. Pappademas’ haunting singing infuses the aptly titled “Restless,” a dreamy-breezy confession that sets up the majestic “Practice Makes Perfect,” which is lit up with contrails of Neil Young–style electric guitar. Other songs range from the countrified elegy “Real Life Bender” and the solemnly moving piano ballad “They Ask About You” to the stately rock grandeur of “Find My Way to You.” With Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Near Beer, and DJ Yohei Shikano.
Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive, L.A.; Wed., March 11, 8 p.m.; free; ages 21 & over. (323) 663-6927, www.eventbrite.com/e/liz-pappademas-stevie-weinstein-foner-near-beer-tickets-93998372663.