At their most melodic, the members of Dolly Varden
sound like the prickly 70s power-poppers of Big Star. When they turn down the volume and get twangy, theyre kinda like fellow Chicagoans Wilco. The rootsy quintet is led by Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, who are married. Appropriately, their fifth album, The Panic Bell, is filled with bittersweet love songs made by adults whove been through a lot together. The chorus of Everything sums up the records theme: Everything is better when you are around.
Thu., Aug. 30, 9 p.m.