Laena Geronimo is full of surprises. The Raw Geronimo leader is already a convincingly engrossing New Wave and art-rock diva, presiding giddily over the intersection of angular guitars and stop-start funky rhythms of songs such as “Dream Fever,” which bubbles along like a postmodern Bow Wow Wow. Her voice expands with the sumptuous grandeur of Siouxsie Sioux within the dreamy contrails of “Van Gogh Baby,” before switching to a ghostly wail amid the militantly percussive tom-toms of “Pep Rally.” For all of her early punk and post-punk influences, Geronimo also reveals a newfound pure-pop melodicism on girl-group anthems such as the languorously beautiful “Magnetic Love” and “Faustine.” Locals Girlpool defy gender expectations with the wittily subversive riot-grrl pop of “Slutmouth” and the eerily pretty harmonies of “Plants and Worms.”

Sun., June 1, 8:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 06/01/14)

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