Chastity Belt is a band of contradictions. The Seattle-based quartet’s indie rock is simultaneously wildly intelligent and delightfully sloppy, self-assured yet ridden with anxiety, and as keen to reach out to the world as it is prone to introspection. It’s almost as if, upon forming, the band was unable to decide between being the smartest girls in the room or the drunkest. They decided to be both. How else do you get this kind of inventive post-punk and indie rock packaged under names like “Bender,” “Pussy Weed Beer,” and “Cool Slut”? That being said, the band’s third and latest album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, is a markedly (or at least comparably) more mature effort, reckoning with the myriad of spirit-crushing moments that accompany being a quote-unquote adult. It’s all too real. It’s also the stuff of fantastic songwriting.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Café du Nord, 2174 Market St. $16; cafedunord.com
Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St. $12-$15; brickandmortarmusic.com
The Sacramento-bred members of Angeleno quartet Vista Kicks make no secret of their affinity for the past. On the cover of their most recent album, Booty Shakers Ball, the four arrange themselves in a Rubber Soul-esque pose, their flowing brunette locks lifted straight out of a love-in. The music follows suit: zippy, jangly rock ’n’ roll songs about tried-and-true subjects like feeling alone, going off to war — and girls. Loving them, losing them, pining after them, getting it on with them in the sunshine, it’s all there. Unapologetically made in the image of the ’60s — The Animals, The Hollies, and early Stones are all obvious touchstones — Vista Kicks sound like they’ve never had a proper care in the world. In this day and age, that’s more refreshing than it ought to be