Just when the general populace of Kansas City was getting used to Veda, the little indie darling had to go and change its name to Vedera
. Keep in mind that it wasn't exactly the band's idea a Los Angeles band with the same name and an angry attorney decided on its behalf. Still, the abrupt name revision makes the band sound like a gas station or a reasonably priced German sedan. The best that can be said about the new name is that it's a strong advocate for running a spell check. But though the moniker may have changed, the elements that made Veda successful the pixielike look, siren call and rock-steady stage presence of singer and guitarist Kristin May are still front and center. And with a 40-city tour under way and one of last year's best albums under its belt, Vedera is a name few will soon forget. Aaron Ladage
Vedera, with Mute Math. Thursday, February 9, at The Bottleneck.