Chris Otepka is a strange beast. His one-man band, The Heligoats, has morphed from a bedroom act (albeit a bedroom act that would sometimes feature even stranger beasts than he, like the Oakleys-clad Kenny Aronoff) into a full-fledged rock n roll band with the additions of Mike Mergenthaler, David James and Steven Mitchell. Formerly the frontman for Troubled Hubble, Otepka's weirdly wounded lyrics and kitchen-sink instrumentation think Holopaw meets The Mountain Goats, and not just cause the names sound similar necessitated this expansion, as walls of sound build themselves a helluva lot faster when there's more than one mason manning the trowel. Otepka's latest, Goodness Gracious, is composed of tracks he wrote on a string of solo tours fleshed out full-band style, and the new, more straight-ahead sonics suit him. Where before there was digression, now there's confession. Good on ya, Chris. Like The Who sang, It's the singer, not the song / that makes the music move along."
Tue., March 2, 9 p.m., 2010