Liz Powell became a new addition to the Broken Social Scene family this year, bringing its count to 398 members, if I did my math right, and her band Land of Talk became a familiar name in the indie-rock scene when it released its debut full-length, “Some Are Lakes,” last October on Saddle Creek. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Powell has been playing music since she was fourteen, but it wasn’t until she met drummer Andrew Barr and bassist Chris McCarron at Montreal’s Concordia University that Land of Talk was born. (Joe Yarmush replaced McCarron when he amicably left to join fellow Montrealans The Dears. McCarron also didn’t perform on “Some Are Lakes,” though he did play on the previous EPs. The more you know.) Her female counterparts in BSS also have their own solo and/or band projects—Leslie Feist’s light-rock, Emily Haines somber piano work with the Soft Skeleton and synthy indie-rock with Metric, Amy Millan’s mellow alt-country/bluegrass while solo and indie-pop/rock with Stars and Lisa Lobsinger’s indie-pop with Reverie Sound Revue—but Powell’s Land of Talk is more of a straight-up guitar-rock band. “Some Are Lakes” is a pretty good record, highlights including the poppy rock of the title track and “Yuppy Flu” as well as the beautiful, mellow “It’s Okay” and “Troubled.” (Kelley Hecker)
December 12 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3300. 9:30pm. $8.