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Check It Out: January 11, 2013

The Raveonettes - Observator (Vice) may only be nine songs long, but it doesn’t make the latest record by The Raveonettes any less compelling. Helped out behind the board by legendary Blondie/Go-Go’s producer Richard Gottehrer, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo drift away from the melodic noise-rock that earned them comparisons to the Jesus and Mary Chain. Instead, the Danish duo’s sixth studio album has a more ethereal ambiance, gilded by glistening harmonies and irresistible melodies. Songs like “You Hit Me (I’m Down)” and “The Enemy” reverberate with a Wall of Sound layering of fuzz guitar while stick kicking just enough nourish twang. And while Wagner cops to listening to a lot of Doors while cutting Observator, the reverb and dark hooks sprinkled still find his band sounding like the Velvet Underground if a more restrained Phil Spector was twisting the knobs in the recording studio.

Sat. 1.12

Bay Shore

Amy Helm @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $35, $30. 631-969-1101

Last year was no walk in the park for Amy Helm, whose father Levon, founding member of The Band, finally lost his battle with cancer. A respected singer-songwriter in her own right having made a name in Americana group Ollabelle, the younger Helm continues to carry on her pop’s legacy by performing with the Levon Helm and the Dirt Farmer bands with an eye towards releasing a debut solo effort later in the year.

Sat. 1.12


Shelby Lynne @ Stephen Talkhouse

61 Main St. 8 p.m. $90, $75. 631-267-3117  www.stephentalk

Always the proverbial square peg in the conservative, round hole of contemporary country music, Shelby Lynne finally bit the bullet and set up Everso Records to self-release her imprint’s debut project, 2010’s Tears, Lies and Alibis. The only question is why it took so long. Packed with plenty of blue-eyed soul and honky-tonky that gets plenty personal and vulnerable, this creative direction continued on the Deluxe Edition of 2011’s Revelation Road that was released last year and contains her first-ever live CD, Live at McCabe’s and the live DVD Live in London. With plans afoot to release a still-untitled project with sister Allison Moorer later in 2013, expect Lynne to potentially give a peek behind the creative curtain.

Fri. 1.18


Gin Blossoms @ The Paramount

370 New York Ave., 8 p.m. $50, $35, $25. 631-673-7300

Fresh off last year’s Summerland 2012 Tour that found them on the road with’90s alt-pop peers Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit and Marcy Playground, Gin Blossoms return to the area. Despite being around for 25 years, the Arizona outfit only count five albums in the their canon, with 1992’s New Miserable Experience being the band’s breakthrough thanks to hits like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Allison Road.”

Fri. 1.18


Lisa Lampanelli @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury

960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $49.75. 877-598-8497 www.livenation. com

Labeled the Queen of Mean thanks to controversial remarks about race and sexuality that make up her stand-up act. Lisa Lampanelli made her bones in the early 1990s as a copy editor, fact checker and chief of research at Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone and Spy. Nowadays, the Harvard alum is a regular participant in Comedy Central roasts, making the odd appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice and playing charity galas.