The influx of Americana into the indie-pop consciousness has resulted in scores of bands enthusiastically spreading a southern veneer over run-of-the-mill rock tracks. While posturing in cowboy boots and awkwardly fondling a pedal-steel might sell albums, it doesn’t break hearts like the L.A.-based Watson Twins. Swaggering onto the radar as the statuesque pillars behind Jenny Lewis’ impressive solo debut, “Rabbit Fur Coat,” the sisters Watson have since stepped out of the background and into the spotlight with the self-released eight-song EP, “Southern Manners.” Soaring vintage cadences over sparse, soulful instrumentals have aligned them with the likes of Neko Case and Gillian Welch, but their prescient harmonies are incomparable. After a whirlwind year of selling out L.A.’s Getty Center, recording a full-length album and supporting the Magnolia Electric Company on a nationwide tour, the twins join folk troubadour Ben Weaver and indie-roots locals the Twilight Revival for an evening of modern Americana done right.
Sunday, October 7 at Empty Bottle