9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson Ave.
Lemma’s self-titled full-length crackles to life with a big ol’ baritone and spaghetti-Western guitar — a brief harbinger of a rock album that draws its influence from a wide range of artists, R.E.M. chief among them.
“In Dreams” is a longing, lilting country ballad immediately followed by the chugging rocker “Embrace,” wherein the narrator wakes up to grab hold of the girl he loves.
Followed soon by “Persia,” the last songs combine to form a nice little three-act with a happy ending, marked by a Blake Lennon guitar solo.
“Lemma” is considerably more thought-out and lyrically engaging than what most any other bar band around town is currently capable. Look for these dudes to keep recording interesting tunes. —Matt Carney
Give the band a listen at their website, lemmatheband.com