Dutch indie-pop band Bettie Serveert returns to the Abbey Pub in support of “Bare Stripped Naked,” a continuation of the band’s illustrious pop songwriting, which it has been perfecting for more than a decade. The best records, in my opinion, are still the first three—“Palomine,” “Lamprey,” and “Dust Bunnies”—but the new album both looks favorably back on the past material and into the future, to what the band could become. Kill Rock Stars’ Slumber Party opens, and the band’s “Musik,” a fine combination of both guitar-driven, ambient rock and equally atmospheric electronics should match well with Serveert’s intrigue. The all-girl band demonstrates a fine sense of balance and restriction with the record, never overreaching for glamorous effect and, actually, sometimes pairs down so much that they seem sleepy. But it’s a pleasant sleep, indeed. (Tom Lynch)
October 5 at Abbey Pub.