On her new record, Wheel
, Laura Stevenson calls to mind Sharon Van Etten and Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell - women singers who preside over expansive, soaring indie-rock songs. But I like Wheel
better than anything those two have done, including, yes, Van Etten's Tramp
. Wheel's folk ballads are offset by its Crazy Horse scorchers (I like both equally), and Stevenson and her band, the Cans, just sound like they're excited to be playing these songs. It rubs off on the listener.
Thursday, May 16, at the Jackpot Music Hall, $8.