Im 15 centimeters tall is the first line Caitlin Gutenberger sings on Two Sheds new self-titled EP. Theres something similarly modest about the Sacramento/San Francisco band Gutenberger shares with her husband Johnny (she plays guitar; he plays bass). Steeped in daydream-y folk and hushed indie aesthetics, her cooed vocals and exquisite lyrics come together in a pleasingly organic way. On the song WTF, she stretches out her What the fuck so luxuriously that youre not completely sure shes dropping the F-bomb at first. Released by the label arm of Filter magazine, the five-track EP marks a natural progression from 2006s soon-to-be-reissued Strange Ammunition, showcasing a fleshed-out lineup that includes drummer Rusty Miller, frontman of the long-running alt-country band Jackpot. As with so many folk-inspired outfits, theres a jag of sadness running through Two Sheds, and Gutenberger closes the EP as achingly as she began it: It breaks my heart to be alive.
Thu., Aug. 21, 8:30 p.m., 2008