Odetta Hartman’s recent album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, sounds at first like a roots-rock exercise in nostalgia, as she drawls her way through countrified folk and blues tunes adorned with violin and banjo. But the New York singer has a lot more on her mind than merely mimicking the past, and she infuses charming tracks like “You You” with indie-rock arrangements crowned with her beguiling vocals. “Widow’s Peak” begins as a dusty, banjo-driven idyll with Hartman’s confessional singing, but it soon shifts into a hazy-dreamy mélange of acoustic and electronic instrumentation that’s unexpectedly strange and eerily arty. She’s billed at Resident with Lucy Arnell, a local singer from New York who disarms as both a solo performer and as the leader of a band. “The Check (The End of It All)” is a typically atypical grunge-psychedelic interlude from her intriguing new EP, Makeshift Starfish.
Resident, 428 S. Hewitt St., downtown L.A.; Tues., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; $15; ages 21 & over. (213) 628-7503, www.residentdtla.com/events/86187700733-what-the-sound-presents-odetta-hartman-lucy-arnell-lisel.