Ryan Adams produced La Sera’s brand-new jangly, roots-pop album called “Music for Listening to Music To,” a tongue-in-cheek title that shortchanges the sounds inside. “Music” is music that deserves listening to.
La Sera is Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker — she of the nearly famous DIY garage-rock band the Vivian Girls, he of a few indie projects that were less nearly famous. Goodman formed La Sera in 2011, while still a member of the now-gone Girls, from which she headed off in different directions.
A pop band from California, La Sera’s music from the start was rooted and steeped in the sounds of other eras, from ’60s girl-pop to ’80s punk and new wave . On “Music,” Adams takes them into other terrains, including insurgent country. It’s all invigorating: a cocktail of retro-pop, indie- and roots-rock, with a punk mentality. Think of the confluence of Denise James and early Neko Case with some Chrissie Hynde thrown in. Songs to check out: “Time to Go,” “Running Wild” and “Never Come Around.”
La Sera will perform May 5 at Ernie Biggs for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest.
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A variety of ticket options are available for the Music Fest: A four-day pass is $80. A four-day VIP pass is $150. It includes preferred viewing at the Midland and Crossroads KC. A weekend pass is $65. A Wednesday/Thursday pass is $30. Single-day weekend passes are $35. Single-day weekend VIP packages are $75. Tickets are available now at middleofthemapfest.com.