If you fell in love with Shakey Graves through their early albums, the band’s new direction might make you stop short. Songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s latest LP, Can’t Wake Up, is one of the more overt stylistic about-faces of recent years: It offers a fuller, more pop-oriented sound than his earlier work, indebted to indie-rock as opposed to the deliberately ragged back-porch shuffle that defined his last few records. Those sensibilities still creep their way into the music, however, so fans from way back shouldn’t be too alienated. The first date of the band’s two-night Knitting Factory gig is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second.
— Nathan Weinbender