Montreal’s Amy Millan has been releasing a steady stream of records with indie-poppers Stars since 2001, but before that, Millan was a member of the roots-rock band 16 Tons. It was then she wrote the majority of the songs that appeared on her solo debut, the country-folk “Honey From the Tombs,” released in 2006. With Stars taking a break after touring relentlessly behind their 2007 full-length “In Our Bedroom After the War” and 2008 EP “Sad Robots,” Millan made her way to the Ontario woods in December to begin work on her sophomore album, the quaint “Masters of the Burial,” released last month. Four of the eleven tracks are covers—including a sleepy bluegrass take on Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”—but all are lovely. Millan says the record is “the sound of someone climbing into bed”—it may not be a high-energy affair, but it sure as hell will be a beautiful and intimate one. (Kelley Hecker)
October 16 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600. 10pm. $12.