If you're not one of the lucky ones cramming in to see Pokey LaFarge tonight at Passim [see James Reed's preview here], or riding the snake to the ancient lake with psychsplorers Dead Meadow and the Black Angels at the Middle East (the former of whom just released a feature-film-slash-album worth...vibing out to), consider tonight an opportunity to get familiar with Boston's own Destry.
Formed when guitarist/vocalist Michelle DaRosa left behind prolix post-punk-popsters Straylight Run to go solo, Destry finds DaRosa teaming with longtime chum Tyler Odom (of Cassino), as well as Sam Means of The Format, Nico Childrey (also of Cassino), and DaRosa's Straylight bandmate, bassist Shaun Cooper.
The result is crisp, clean, indie-folk that more people ought to hear pronto. "Leave the Light On" is DaRosa in a rollicking mode; "Don't Break My Heart" finds her as convincingly seductive as sunshiney. "Into The Rain" -- a live version of which is above -- is sad like a sad song should be ("I'm a tree selling leaves to pay the rent"), but satisfying and warm like a freshly ironed sheet.
[Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com]
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James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
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