I arrived last Friday night in the cavernous CELLspace during a set by Linda Perry. Known both for her work with 4 Non Blondes and as a producer/songwriter for some major pop performers, she sat alone at the piano singing with a beautiful, raw voice and throwing salty jokes at the audience. I recommend checking out her neat side project of covers using her iPhone.

The Goldenhearts followed up, celebrating the release of their new album Is There Love on Mars?. Headed by Roger Rocha (who was a guitarist for 4 Non Blondes), the band plays rock songs living on the border of pop. Rocha’s tasteful guitar and a vibrant string section add a unique urgency to the songs and his slightly sarcastic delivery gives them gravity. He describes the new album as a series of love songs about how the “experience of heartbreak, love and lust doesn’t fit in a tidy box.” It will be available later this week on iTunes.

Bookending the show were The Soft White Sixties, who opened, and The Moanin’ Dove. The latter closed out the night with a great rock set, tinged with funk and a little bit of sixties psychedelia. Their quirky songwriting and general cheerfulness made the midnight set well worth the wait.