These NPR-approved New Yorkers roll their influences all over their debut album, Taller Children. Elements of classical, folk, pop, rock and a few other old-school genres meld on this laid-back mix. Frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman is the focal point here — sultry and jazzy one minute, spunky and poppy the next. Plus, she smacks down whiny guys on one of the album’s best songs, “Momma’s Boy.” She also isn’t above paybacks. She’s a take-no-shit kinda gal, and Taller Children, despite a few bumps, is just as tough. Just don’t let the expert musicianship and slow-rolling cuts fool you into thinking it doesn’t have teeth. Beneath the pretty exteriors, it bites something fierce. Christina Courtin and Red Buttons open at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. — Michael Gallucci
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