Thurs, July 30, Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $5

Photo By ilan laks

If you can get past the band’s emotastic name, Blue Skies for Black Hearts makes music that’s introspective, jaded and sad. OK, so maybe it is a wee bit emo but, really, that description doesn’t do justice to singer-songwriter Pat Kearns’ songs, which couple a ’60s pysch-pop sensibility with novel-worthy narratives. The Portland band’s latest album, Serenades and Hand Grenades, adds horns and strings to the band’s repertoire, giving a sophisticated polish to such tracks as “Jenny and Steve” and the “Pet Sounds”-esque, wryly optimistic “Someday There Will Be Better Days.” See, would an emo band be so hopeful? 1400 Alhambra Boulevard,