Rock Picks: Ozomatli, Harper Simon, Spain

Spain leader Josh Haden is a member of the prolifically talented Haden family, which includes his father, the legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and his sisters Petra Haden (That Dog), Rachel Haden (That Dog) and Tanya Haden (Let’s Go Sailing). Although Josh took part in the Charlie Haden Family & Friends concert last month at Disney Hall (where Charlie delved into his early folk-country roots), his own music is considerably different from his father’s jazzy explorations and his sisters’ energetic pop-punk. Instead, Josh croons funereal ballads in a somber, low voice, singing with the same serious, almost-spiritual intensity whether he’s rhapsodizing about a lover or talking to Jesus. That approach can get pretty ponderous, especially when Haden’s relatively plain lyrics don’t have much to say, but when it does work, on songs like “You Were Meant for Me,” it can be incredibly moving. Josh has reportedly assembled a new Spain lineup for tonight’s show, where he’ll also be selling an “exclusive limited-edition Spaceland-only CD.”

Falling James
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