IT seems like there was a brief period where all manner of toy instruments found their way onto indie and folk stages: kazoos! Toy accordions! Playskool devices! While that novelty seems to have worn off over time, Alexa Dexa takes the trend to the next level by using a massive collection of toy instruments for her rig (her favorite? A Schoenhut toy piano).
The way tinny keys plunk over ambient electronic layers feels like being wrapped up in a jazz club music box: Dexa’s a marvelous vocalist, boasting a velvety, jazz-styled croon that meanders, wavers, and pushes itself to warm lilts. Don’t come expecting precious twee-pop: there’s a brooding underbelly set to sensual beats and reflective lyrics.
Happy Thoughts, the excellent collaboration between Dope Sandwich’s Miggs Son Daddy and Dope KNife, joins.
Tuesday, January 12, 8 p.m., donations at door, all-ages