Jason Lytles former Modesto, Calif., group Grandaddy were a band in name only, as he wrote and composed their music almost entirely alone. Before their 2006 swan song, Just Like the Fambly Cat, he withdrew entirely and moved to Bozeman, Mont., where he now skis, hikes, broods and spends the rest of his time composing the same sort of ethereal, sprawling indie pop. The fruit of his recent labors, his debut solo album Yours Truly, The Commuter, features plaintive acoustic guitar melodies and computerized bleeps and squeaks, with lyrics that alternate life-affirming, hopeful sing-alongs (Brand New Sun, It's the Weekend) with thinly veiled shrieks for help (Birds Encouraged Him, I Am Lost [and the Moment Cannot Last]). Lytles honesty, imagination and ear for immediately hummable tunes never get old; plenty of singer-songwriters lay their emotions bare in song, but rarely is their heartache so compelling.
Sat., July 25, 8 p.m., 2009