“I wanna be your Elvis/I wanna be your Jagger,” Josh Ostrander boldly declares on “Your Motherfucker,” a song under his identity as Mondo Cozmo. “I wanna be that love song that you can’t handle.” Now based in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia native aspires to a kind of Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen–style populism with such anthems as “Shine.” While Ostrander isn’t always convincing in that role, he’s no more inauthentic as a blue-collar man of the people than Springsteen, and his better songs have a mainstream-rock appeal that overrides the sometimes self-conscious mannerisms. Poppy Jean Crawford is an intriguing 20-year-old vocalist with a more unusual style. “I’m still a child in most people’s eyes,” she confesses amid the dark shadows of “Evelyn.” Crawford peels back the sonic layers further on the atmospheric psychedelic gem “Jonsies Gonesies.” With Andy Clockwise.
The Hi Hat, 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park; Thurs., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; $20; ages 21 & over. https://hihat.ticketfly.com.
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