Austin’s Voxtrot comes to town on its short “Goodbye, Cruel World” tour, as the quartet hangs it up after seven promising years and a few bursts of brilliance to show for it. Frontman Ramesh Srivastava and mates made waves in 2005 with the “Raised By Wolves” EP, a five-song, twenty-three-minute collection that briefly and seamlessly blended contemporary indie rock with sixties baroque pop, a frequently impeccable record, only hampered by its brevity, that breathed with breezy guitars and Srivastava’s forceful vocals. The following year brought the equally dynamic “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, & Wives” EP, but its appearance only emboldened the demand for an LP, at which point 2007’s solid self-titled debut couldn’t possibly live up to the excitement its shorter predecessors had sowed. Nevertheless, Srivastava’s crafty songwriting, particularly the band’s rupturing choruses, sometimes transcended the Belle And Sebastian comparisons the band constantly garnered. For a band with such a fresh take on indie rock, Voxtrot’s breakup is yet another case of a band breaking up five albums too early. (Andy Seifert)
May 21 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, (773)525-2501, 10pm. $14.