Pop adepts in love with over-civilized masterpieces on the order of John Cale's Paris 1919 and The Left Banke's Too, Princeton writes opaque, elegant songs that sound best with a trot. Minus a lyric sheet, their new four-song EP Bloomsbury makes a musical impression with dulcet singing, metric shifts and extraneous percussion. The hints of soukous and Caribbean music suggest a civilized, world-music take on English pop circa 1972, complete with concept: Bloomsbury is about the trials, tribulations and tortured sex lives of England's Bloomsbury Group, a collection of early-20th century writers whose members included Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes. Just what the world needsa song about Leonard Woolf. But to their credit, this L.A. trio swings their conceits nicely.
Fri., Dec. 12, 8 p.m., 2008