“My eyelids float between two states on the borderline,” Elizabeth Stokes confides on “Great No One,” from The Beths’ new album, Future Me Hates Me. “Misery loves me, but I don’t love her … If there is a record for most hours wasted, least worthy reason to cry on a Thursday evening, I’m in the lead.” Despite such sad lyrics, the New Zealand group deliver Stokes’ tunes with plenty of indie-rock energy. The serenely carefree vocals of “Uptown Girl” are pushed along madly by a flat-out punk-rock aggression, before relenting a little for the more pure pop–minded “You Wouldn’t Like Me.” The Beths’ emotional dichotomies can be summed up by “Happy Unhappy,” whose seemingly joyous music belies Stokes’ lamentations: “’Cause you’re in my brain, taking up space I need for delivering lies and suppressing the sighs.” With Girl Friday and Ariel View.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; Wed., July 24, 8:30 p.m.; $15. (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.org.
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